This video analyzes features of everyday English that can be challenging for non-native speakers, and how to simplify your message by choosing different phrasing.
- As a native English speaker, … have you ever been in a situation … where you've said something … that sounded very normal … and easy to you but your foreign colleague … couldn't understand what you … were saying no matter how many times you repeated it? … Maybe there are a few tricks to try … and say that in a more comprehensible way. … First, try and use verbs … that are made up of a single word instead of more than one. … For example, if you said, let's come up with some ideas, … it could be confusing. … It would be better to say, let's think about some ideas. … Try to find a Latin-derived word. … Instead of, look after these documents, … use, tend to these documents. … Instead of, put off a meeting, … use postpone a meeting, et cetera. … They probably sounds strange, … archaic, or too formal, … but many foreign languages have words derived from Latin, … so that makes comprehension a lot easier. … Another way to help comprehension … is to slow down your speech, separating words clearly. …
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