How to Control a Conversation with a Native English Speaker?/¿Cómo controlar una conversación con un nativo de inglés?
- Immediately ask the person to speak slowly.
The idea of doing this before you start a conversation is to warn the person you are talking to that while you can speak and understand English, you may not understand their version/accent of English. Also, when you say that ‘you speak English’ a native speaker will interpret this to mean that you speak their version – this may not be the case. This warns them in advance.
- When taking note of a name or important information, repeat each piece of information as the person speaks.
This is an especially effective tool. By repeating each important piece of information or each number or letter as they spell or give you a telephone number you automatically slow the speaker down.
- Do not say you have understood if you have not. Ask the person to repeat until you have understood.
Remember that the other person needs to make himself understood and it is in their interest to make sure that you have understood. If you ask a person to explain more than twice they will usually slow down.
- If the person does not slow down begin speaking your own language!
This may not seem as rude as it sounds. A sentence or two of another language spoken quickly will remind the person that they are fortunate because THEY do not need to speak your language to communicate (which they probably can’t). Used carefully, this tactic of humbling the other speaker can be very effective.
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