After a well dedicated survey done by TravelSupermarket.com the language most want to speak fluently is Spanish (24 per cent). It was followed by the French and the Italian language I have read this morning in a short article in the Daily Express.
This article wrote by Nathan Rao (Consumer Affairs editor) it was actually quite interesting and revealed some of the most frequently used mimes when we are abroad. Example: pretending to write in your hand to indicate you want the bill.
That article also talks a bit of how Britons abroad talk to foreigners. Because I am a foreigner I know perfectly what is all about.
The study mention that 14 per cent of the speak English slowly and very loud. So I would like to make a point here. If you speak with a foreign person firstly you should try to see how they react to your normal English. Perhaps they have been living in the UK long time like me! Ok perhaps not. So you will realize this straight away. You should try to use easy sentences in order to make easy the communication and be open minded remember they make say things in the other way round. (Spanish, French Italians, Portuguese)
Another important observation, don´t be loud otherwise you really are in the pub! If they can´t understand you try to change the sentence, don´t use the same sentence. Even if you shout chances are that they can´t get it. “No entienden nada de nada” If you know a bit of Spanish and I say that sentences to you perhaps you don´t know what does it means.
If that´s the case it doesn´t really make any difference by saying “NO ENTIENDEN NADA DE NADA”. However instead if I say to you. “No comprenden” You will of course understand. Use synonyms “similar words” change the phrases and I know this could be difficult for a lot of people try to avoid “phrasal verbs” What are they? Verb + adverb or verb + preposition
This of course can be really difficult for English natives because that´s your normal way to talk. In my opinion this is probably one of the most difficult of English Grammar for Spanish speakers.
It was actually quite funny to know that 6 per cent of the people admit “doing a Steve McClaren” imitating the former England manager by talking English with a strange Spanish or foreign accent.
If you want to read this article check the page 13 of the Daily Express Saturday June 15 2013.
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