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    Understanding the accent

    Hi,

    I am working in UK but I am not a native of this country. I am having a difficulty in understanding the accent of people. Particularly on phone and if somebody talks very fast. It will be appreciative if I get some suggestions on this.

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    Re: Understanding the accent

    A few ideas.

    Ask them to speak more slowly or repeat it. It can be embarrising, but is effective.

    Personally, as a native english speaker, I have found that if I 'listen' in the accent of a caller I can understand better.
    I have a lot of Chinese, Indian & English (I'm Scottish!) customers calling me, if I mimic their accent in my head whilst listening I can often hear more clearly as the tonal qualities of regional or foreign accents can be understood more clearly & 'converted' into understood language, not just a bunch of sounds! It's worth a try! (Same way I learnt to listen to a foreign language & begin to separate the sound into individual words & piece together the important parts of a conversation - Dutch was fun!)

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    Re: Understanding the accent

    Hi Hobbes,

    Thank you very much for your reply. This trick sounds good, I shall try it and let you know whether it works.

    Any more tricks?

    Many Thanks and Kind Regards

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    Re: Understanding the accent

    Quote Originally Posted by explorelang
    Hi,

    I am working in UK but I am not a native of this country. I am having a difficulty in understanding the accent of people. Particularly on phone and if somebody talks very fast. It will be appreciative if I get some suggestions on this.

    Thanking You
    You can practice listening on the internet. You can download MP3s at some sites.


    http://www.elllo.org/months/england.htm

    http://www.elllo.org/study/england/english_2004.htm

    http://www.elllo.org/study/england/english_2005.htm

    http://www.elllo.org/months/ireland.htm

    http://www.elllo.org/study/ireland/english_2004.htm

    http://www.elllo.org/study/ireland/english_2005.htm

    http://www.elllo.org/study/english_2004.htm

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/...nourtime.shtml
    Last edited by Steven D; 08-Dec-2005 at 23:29.

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    Re: Understanding the accent

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks a lot.

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