advertisement
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-12-2019, 02:04 AM   #1
ennie
Grand Member
 
ennie's Avatar
ennie has no updates.
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: United States of America
Posts: 872 (SuperPoster!)
1,862 hugs
given
Default Patience with ESL speakers?

Are you patient with ESL (English as Second Language) speakers, whether it's in real life or Online?

In real life, sometimes I see people get frustrated with other people's accents.
ennie is offline   Reply With Quote
Hugs from:

advertisement
Old 03-12-2019, 09:33 AM   #2
WishfulThinker66
Grand Poohbah
 
WishfulThinker66's Avatar
WishfulThinker66 has no updates.
 
Member Since: Jun 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,984 (SuperPoster!)
1 yr Member
145 hugs
given
Default Re: Patience with ESL speakers?

Accents have no bother to me. I do react - and differently according to the circumstances - however to poor English.

I have no issue with people for which English is not their first or primary language. I actually volunteer on occasion for programs pertaining to getting refugees' and immigrants' feet on the ground. Some of this involves coaching some basic English skills.

However, and yes I expect to be pounced and trounced upon on this point, I am quite bothered by poor English skills as displayed by people who ought to know better. If you have lived in an English speaking country all your life you really should know how to speak and write it. Take this very forum for example... I am floored yet again and again. I assume these people have had some education; even an elementary one ought to have instilled some basic skills. The thing is, if you at all pay attention to these things, it is not people for whom English is a second language that context, diction, and grammar poses a great problem. You can tell, yes, that it might be a struggle. A quick look at where they're from and you can see they are from a nation that speaks a different language. I have to commend them for doing as good a job as they are. The shock and frustration though stems from those who really should have their own language down pat. I wonder over and over how such people managed to reach high school. I am amazed everyday.
WishfulThinker66 is offline   Reply With Quote
"Thanks for this!" says:
Old 03-13-2019, 08:50 AM   #3
eskielover
Legendary Wise Elder
 
eskielover's Avatar
eskielover has no updates.
 
Member Since: Oct 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 21,667 (SuperPoster!)
10 yr Member
11.5k hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: Patience with ESL speakers?

I have no problem with ESL. I grew up in So Calif & even many of the sign boards were in spanish.

What I have a serious problem with is American customer service numbers when you get a foreign person you are trying to communicate with who can't even understand what you are asking & can't even answer your question while THEY are absolutely certain they did.

Ugh I encountered this even with the IRS after waiting on the phone for over an hour to have my call answered. Got this guy with a thick German accent who just couldn't grasp what I was asking while he was absolutely certain he did. That got resolved with a supervisor but he sure wasn't willing to let me talk to one either. This is NOT ok for customer service positions. While if I get a fireign accent & they are capable of providing the help I need.....no problem.
__________________


Leo's favorite place was in the passenger seat of my truck. We went everywhere together like this.
Leo my soulmate will live in my heart FOREVER Nov 1, 2002 - Dec 16, 2018
eskielover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2019, 07:32 PM   #4
healingme4me
Perpetually Pondering
Community Liaison
 
healingme4me's Avatar
healingme4me Needs a little reading lamp.
 
Member Since: Apr 2013
Location: New England
Posts: 46,242 (SuperPoster!)
5 yr Member
6,597 hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: Patience with ESL speakers?

Yes, I'm patient. I grew up in a very bilingual region and live now in another. Accents are just that, accents. I probably struggle more hearing through Southern US accents as I've learned of myself through various employment through the years than I do a spanish or french esl accent. Perhaps my mind is trained to do so? Early childhood exposure?
I've noticed that my sons can listen through accents as well. It was something recent that happened which I cannot for the life of me remember which moment but I felt how they carried themselves in that moment spoke volumes.
healingme4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2019, 08:08 PM   #5
eskielover
Legendary Wise Elder
 
eskielover's Avatar
eskielover has no updates.
 
Member Since: Oct 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 21,667 (SuperPoster!)
10 yr Member
11.5k hugs
given
PC PoohBah!
Default Re: Patience with ESL speakers?

Quote:
I probably struggle more hearing through Southern US accents
lol....me to....when I first moved here from Calif I had a most difficult time with the way some southerners here talked. After asking them to repeat 5+ times I would finally say...."could you spell that?" I never had that problem with Spanish or Italian accents.

I bet the people in Italy thought my Italian accent was horrible though....but they ALL wanted to practice their English while I wanted to practice my Italian
__________________


Leo's favorite place was in the passenger seat of my truck. We went everywhere together like this.
Leo my soulmate will live in my heart FOREVER Nov 1, 2002 - Dec 16, 2018
eskielover is offline   Reply With Quote
"Thanks for this!" says:
Old 03-14-2019, 08:48 PM   #6
piggy momma
Poohbah
 
piggy momma's Avatar
piggy momma loves all pigs. ALL. THE. PIGS.
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,073 (SuperPoster!)
70 hugs
given
Default Re: Patience with ESL speakers?

I work in an airport and deal with people from every country in the world. I have developed a patience and understanding for people from other countries.
piggy momma is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



 

advertisement

Psych Central Forums

Psych Central is the leading mental health website, overseen by mental health professionals since 1995.

 

Helplines and Lifelines

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. .

Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.
Please read the full disclaimer.