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November 13, 2019

Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent mo
November 13, 2019
By Kristopher Wan • Issue #32 • 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
Evans, S. (2012). Designing email tasks for the Business English classroom: Implications from a study of Hong Kong’s key industries. English for Specific Purposes, 31(3), pp. 202–212. Retrieved 13 Nov. 2019, from doi:10.1016/j.esp.2012.03.001.

Emailing has become a primary facet of business English communication – primarily for its role in the resolution of problems, the formulation of plans or the execution of decisions. Although holding a primary role in communicating internally within a company, externally with clients, investors and other stakeholders as well as supplementing face-to0-face interaction and phone conversations, business communication textbooks and education does not always highlight its role or impact explicitly. Furthermore, business communication textbooks tend to target native English communicators.
Depending on the following contexts, the way we write emails may ultimately change.
  • Does the email precede or follow a face-to-face or telephone interaction
  • Does the email reflect first-point of contact or summarize previous discussions
  • Is the email being sent as an internal email to colleagues or external email?
With internal emails, information can be provided in a more direct or straight forward form such as point-form. Although consideration regarding status and social distance still play a role in word choice and grammatical formality, internal emails are generally less formal than external emails. External emails are typically lengthier and/or more careful/formal because you are representing the whole company ,whereas in internal messages you are representing yourself.
When gauging the language and content of your next client email, follow your client’s lead. If they write in a very polite manner, you reply politely. But if they write only two or three sentences, then you can reply more simply.
💬 Thoughtful Quote
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
― Aristotle
Always remember. Success and excellence are never simply chance or luck. People work tirelessly to be the best performer they can be for the right moment to arrive. Working on improving yourself and honing your craft is part of that behind-the-scenes development. It WILL be tough. But, the contribution to your success will be immeasurable.
📖 Vocabulary Word
expeditious (adj.)
characterized by promptness; quick:
Brought to you by binging Netflix’s “Rhythm & Flow” and rapper TIP. expeditiously can be categorized in the same grouping as expedite and expedition.
Even as a native English speaker, I get to learn new words daily, including when I binge watch TV. By the way, if you are interested in hip hop, rap culture and enjoy the American Idol judge and performance genre, check out the show. A non-contractual $250,000 grand prize seems pretty amazing and supportive of the independent artist journey.
💎 Tech Finds
By the time you read this, I’ll have experimented a little bit with a website called WellSaid. Check this audio clip out here
Guess what? This was made by a text-to-speech app, NOT a human.
It’s a mind-boggling idea to think of how quickly and professionally computer-generated speech is becoming.
❌ Message Mishap
Miscommunications continue to occur in the news every day. A quick google news search identifies communication failures in all industries: sports, marketing, politics, health care, business.
All of it.
Miscommunications are something that occur with all communicators. Not just non-native English communicators. It is part of being human and having a subjective experience.
It’s important then, to understand it can happen to anyone and to be vigilant to check in with listeners or communication partners to confirm they understand. If they look puzzled or confused, you can ask, “Did that make sense?”. You can also keep communication straightforward and simple to avoid room for error.
And although you should hold yourself accountable to any responsibility you hold in the miscommunication, don’t let it weigh on you. Just learn from the experience and move on.
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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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