LPT: When speaking to someone who doesn’t speak your language or speak it fluently, don’t treat them as if they are uneducated.

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Hell I don’t think I even speak my own language fluently. Why else can’t I ever seem to use voice recognition…

Stormcrow426

Yep. I talk way above their heads using only the most recondite language I know. It’s the only way to teach em

kdubstep

I work with a lot of people who don’t fluently speak English. A lot of coworkers just speak louder when they realise they’re not talking to a native English speaker, instead of speaking slower and clearly or substituting unusual words. If someone’s speaking to you in a language they don’t speak fluently then chances are they’re already self conscious about it, speaking to them like a kid doesn’t help anyone.

TheTitaniumGentleman

I agree with thw feedback. I have been in the uk for nearly 7 years, working in finance. Well the moment I take a call and the brokers I speak to start acring absolutely horrible when they hear my accent, even challenging me directly asking ‘do you even know what that mean’. Well yes I do, I have had the same training and education as yourself however I choose a different route. Anyway, I can’t say that, but it really hurts me being treated differently just because I do have accent, which is actually mixture of Scottish and Eastern European that makes most a bit confused but still. Getting attitude just because I have accent, without even being given a chance to show knowledge and level of service. Hopefully changing careers soon tho, and one day I wish someone will address that so people realise how that attitude is disrespectful and hurtful. Especially on the back of Brexit, just feeling like a lower quality human.

FarmingIsCharming

I notice this more for people who speak a single language. If you dont say the proper word correctly they won’t understand you. And when I was in Germany I was talking to a guy speaking in English/German and we were able to understand each other coz we tried to get the context of the sentence of the intent rather than just focusing on saying words correctly.

darkapao