Gibberish 101

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Gibberish 101

Kairos daughter of Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin

Kairos daughter of Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin

Speaking in tongues     babytalk
Gibberish Affirmation by Jockie Fairley from Adelaide   Practice
How Using An Alien Language to Love, Fight and Pray is Saving Our Marriage by Sharon Pavelda       body wisdom
Gibberish Exformation     practice
How to Speak in Gibberish     video from Laguna Laughter Club
Raise Your Hand in Blessing    movement and gibberish
Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…

Speaking in tongues babytalk

Welcome to the meaningful world of made up languages (Sent by Katie Winton-Henry who takes speech and communication at college)

Baby Talk

Gibberish Affirmations
by Jockie Fairley from Adelaide

I was sitting on the wharf watching a contortionist busker doing the most amazing things with her body. Words could not express my awe and amazement but gibberish came to the rescue and I babbled my admiration to the artist and she responded with a gibberish stream of her own and we had a delightful few minutes babbling and gesticulating together. I thought I’d better move on when people started throwing money in the hat. (that last bit is a makey-uppy).

Download the Gibberish Document to read more about how Jockie incorporates Gibberish into her life.

A practice
Think of someone or something that you love too much for words.
For ten seconds let your heart speak it in a made up language.

How Using An Alien Language to Love, Fight and Pray is Saving Our Marriage body wisdom
by Sharon Pavelda

…Randall and I have been married for six years, but since we met and married while in our fifties, Randall claims we get to count our anniversaries in dog years. By either count, we discovered InterPlay four years ago at just the right moment in our developing relationship. We are regular interplayers, attending (both) and leading (Randall and Theron Shaw lead Thursday Night’s Men’s Interplay) with the Oakland InterPlay community. As much as that has opened us to the wisdom of our bodies and the delight of our spirits, it wasn’t until we started doing InterPlay exercises called exforms, together in the smallish living room of our apartment, that we experienced the transformative possibilities of InterPlay’s gentle power.

We do the warmup in a relaxed leading and following way, we babble for thirty seconds about the usual everyday things, we do hand dances and contact duets and we take turns doing focus sessions with each other. Nourishing, as expected. What continues to surprise us, however, is how speaking in an alien language has become such a strong teacher and efficient ally in deepening our relationship.

Psychologists and theologians have written volumes about the wisdom our body spirits are offering us in every moment.

Randall and I believe the creators and teachers and playmates of InterPlay offer a profound and simple way to explore this wisdom and its power to change the world.

Our gratitude knows no bounds. We can only say, “Ishkohli boonka! Quilupe kahleelee, swacko InterPlay!”

Download the Giberish Document above to read more about how Sharon and Randall are deepening their communication through gibberish.

Gibberish Exformation practice
Exform about your day in a made-up language. You’ll only need ten seconds to make an emotional communication.

Shy about “not making sense?” The Laguna Laughter Club, apparently long lost InterPlay cousins, incrementally teach the basics of “speaking in made up languages.”
Gibberish 101: “How to Speak Gibberish”

Raise A Hand in Blessing movement and gibberish
When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not), speaking in a made up language as you turn (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too. Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh….


3 Responses to Gibberish 101

  1. Connie Pwll says:

    I teach piano. To my delight one day one of my students, age seven, broke out in giberish. I responded in kind. She said, outraged, “You don’t know how to speak fairy.” (I didn’t know we were speaking fairy, but I certainly wasn’t going to deny my ability!) I responded in “fairy.” “That’s not fairy,” she said. “You don’t go to my school so you can’t speak fairy.” “Yes, I can,” I replied. “I speak eastern fairy!” Her eyes narrowed. “What’s that?” “I played with fairies on the east coast,” I replied, “so I learned eastern fairy. You speak western fairy.” “Miffnicopoofawa!” she replied.

  2. Linda B says:

    Zheneena foonk ba glong glong glongeekna.
    beek ap sneep,

  3. I love it! I do this kind a whole lot anyway. But this video is just glorious.

    And it’s similar to some things we do in LucidPlay group events. I think the value of spontaneous sounds and movements is vast.

    I’m teaching conversational English, and I think something like this at the end of a lesson would give students with a sense of humor a chance to let go of stress from dealing with the English language absurdities and let energies flow more easily.

    fleepop aluntine!

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