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August 21, 2019

Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent mo
August 21, 2019
By Kristopher Wan • Issue #20 • View online
Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent modification and English learning. If you have a few minutes on your commute to work or lunch break and want to consume some interesting content in the world of English learning, enjoy!

🧠 Journal Club
As the world becomes more globally connected, more research involving communication and efficiency of English communication will be completed to maximize communicative success. In 2011, this report came out (#6 already! Meaning at least 5 other reports exist), identifying areas of miscommunication or delayed communication resulting from the interactions between non-native English speaking pilots and native English speaking air traffic controllers at airports.
I won’t bore you with the details but it is a 36 page document that highlights the recommended steps for international airline companies to invest resources into in order to support their non-native English pilots.
Basic tips include:
  1. Speak slowly and enunciate
  2. Listeners should be patient with non-native English speakers
  3. Use consistent and common phrases. Don’t use phrases that may be specific to a certain airport or country that a non-native English speaker may not know.
  4. Interpret cues. If there is a long delay between a controller and pilot’s interaction, it may be because there is confusion or a misunderstanding requiring fixing.
Ultimately, misunderstandings take time to fix/repair. So, it’s in everyone’s best interest to be calm, patient, and understanding so that all parties involved can do their jobs properly and safely.

💬 Thoughtful Quote
“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
— Rosalynn Carter
It is important to not only be comfortable and confident in your abilities but also have the fortitude to persevere and stay the course. Be confident in your ability – even if you are a beginner. Be confident in your ability to grow – to advance beyond beginner.
If improving your English pronunciation is important and you set goals and deadlines for yourself, you can and will achieve them. Hold yourself accountable to your goals and aspirations and follow through with what you set your mind to!
📖 Vocabulary Word
Adulting (v.)
An informal term to describe behavior that is seen as responsible and grown-up. This description often involves refers to mundane activities of independent and professional living, such as paying bills, grocery shopping or preparing meals.
Just like in many other languages, English is a changing and growing language. Adulting was not a word when I was growing up but is now informally used in casual conversation to reflect typical responsibilities of a financially-responsible individual.
💎 Tech Finds
Dictionary.com is where I find a lot of my weekly vocabulary words. Besides being a dictionary website, you can access English pronunciations and articles about common English grammatical errors, frequently misspelled words, the origins of slang and their meanings as well as new words.
Explore the website. Learn some new words. Practice your written grammar skills.
❌ Message Mishap
This message mishap is something I noticed from a personal anecdote. At work, I frequently speak to non-native English speakers and am conveying important and sometimes complex information. I have noticed that some people repeat what I have said to them afterwards.
For example,
Kris: “I don’t think it is safe for the patient to be drinking water while lying down in bed.”
Patient’s family member: “Lying down in bed”
Sometimes, repeating the last few words of someone’s sentence is helpful for showing you are listening and to stall for time. This extra time lets you think of a response while avoiding long pauses or gaps.
The issue is that when you repeat the last few words of someone’s sentence without being thoughtful of which words or without rephrasing the sentence to be more grammatically correct, I may interpret your behavior as thoughtless, preoccupied or disingenuous – the exact opposite of what you are trying to convey! Active listening is vitally important to avoiding miscommunication, show genuine interest and sincere comprehension of my words! Being more comfortable with silence is also helpful because silence can mean that you are taking the extra time and effort to fully comprehend what I am saying!

active listening
active listening
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Kristopher Wan

Hey friends, I'm Kris, a speech-language pathologist interested in and pursuing a side-hustle in accent modification. Every Wednesday I send out a "5-bullet brief" email newsletter with some thoughts, research and internet treasures relating to accent modification and English language learning.

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