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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