British tourists’ approach vindicated


by Rumbold
8th December, 2010 at 10:06 am    

For decades British tourists have been mocked for going abroad and refusing to learn or speak the language of the country which they visit, instead relying on speaking loudly, slowly and in a foreign accent whilst using hand gestures. Now this approach has been shown to be scientifically sound:

Britons abroad really should imitate the person they are talking to if they are struggling to understand a very strong foreign accent, psychologists have found. Just by employing the same pronunciations will help them understand and be understood by the person they are speaking with, the researchers found.

It certainly worked when I visited Scotland.


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  1. KJB — on 8th December, 2010 at 10:21 am  

    Not even! Speaking loudly and slowly is the OPPOSITE of what it’s telling you to do, pretty much, which is make the speed and rhythm of your speech match the other person’s!

    *shakes head*

  2. Rumbold — on 8th December, 2010 at 11:11 am  

    It twas a tongue in cheek piece, though I shall enjoy practicising my foreign accents.

  3. BenSix — on 8th December, 2010 at 1:19 pm  

    I knew a guy who went to Russia and did that. By the time he got back he was so used to their inflections that he couldn’t drop them. Whatever he said, people thought he was challenging them to a fight.

  4. douglas clark — on 8th December, 2010 at 2:55 pm  

    Heh!

    So that was what you were doing!

  5. Rumbold — on 8th December, 2010 at 9:42 pm  

    Aye.

  6. Rumbold — on 8th December, 2010 at 9:43 pm  

    Heh BenSix.

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