Skills 360 – Communicating Clearly in English (1)
Play • 8 min
https://traffic.libsyn.com/bizpod/360.69-Communicating1.mp3

Welcome back to Business English Skills 360 for today’s lesson on communicating clearly in English.

Did you know that most of the conversations in English happening right now are between two non-native speakers? There’s a German doing business in Malaysia, and a Russian talking on the phone with a Korean, and a Brazilian visiting Spain. And they’re most likely using English to communicate with each other.

But English is not a simple language. For one thing, it has more words and idioms than other languages. For another thing, there are many different varieties of English. So the English you hear in Singapore or Miami or London can sound quite different. Given this situation – people around the world using a difficult language at different levels – it’s really important to be able to communicate clearly.

Let’s start with pronunciation. Of course, not everyone will, or should, speak exactly the same. Perfect pronunciation doesn’t exist, since there are so many different accents. So being clear isn’t so much about pronunciation as it is about enunciation. Enunciation simply means pronouncing things clearly and carefully.

Two other things that impact pronunciation are speed and volume. When we’re uncomfortable or nervous, we tend to speed up and speak more softly. But speaking quickly and quietly can damage our pronunciation. Instead, slow down a bit and speak a bit more loudly. This will add clarity to your speech.

Clarity is also affected by the words we choose. The important thing here is to keep it simple. When you’re giving someone instructions on the phone, or making an important point in a presentation, it’s not the time to impress people with your vocabulary. Stick to expressions you know people will understand. That means you should avoid using too much slang and too many idioms.

When it comes to word choice, there’s another thing to be careful with: acronyms and abbreviations. You might use “TBH” quite often, but not everyone knows that it means “to be honest.” You don’t have to use these abbreviations to get your point across. And you’ve probably been confused – and frustrated – when people use abbreviations that are common in their line of work but are not common knowledge.

As we’ve seen, communicating clearly in English might mean we have to adapt what we say and how we say it, depending on the audience. It’s always a good idea to speak up and to speak clearly. And if you want to make sure everyone understands, it’s wise to use simple and clear words, while avoiding slang, idioms, and abbreviations.

Lesson Resources: Lesson Module | Quiz & Vocab | PDF TranscriptThe post Skills 360 – Communicating Clearly in English (1) first appeared on Business English Pod (MP3 Audio Only).
Plain English Podcast | Learn English | Practice English with Current Events at the Right Speed for Learners
Plain English Podcast | Learn English | Practice English with Current Events at the Right Speed for Learners
Jeff B. | PlainEnglish.com
A rocky start for the vaccine rollout | Learn the expression ‘make arrangements’
" The biggest vaccination effort in world history is underway. But with that, of course, comes a host of problems, and vaccinations haven’t even begun in the developing world yet. Progress is slow and below initial expectations, but there’s still some reasons for optimism. Plus, learn what it means to “make arrangements.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/332 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "
22 min
The InFluency Podcast
The InFluency Podcast
Hadar Shemesh
97. The Most Mispronounced Words in Tech – Part 2
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words. This week we’re going to talk about some of the most difficult words in tech for non-native speakers. Missed the first part? Check it out! https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/95/ Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: * Data: dey-duh [IPA: ˈdeɪɾə] * Silicon Valley: si-li-kaan va-lee [IPA: ˈsɪlɪkɑn ˈvæli] * Engineer: en-djuh-nir [IPA: ˌendʒəˈnɪɹ] * Product: praa-d’kt [IPA: ˈpɹɑːdəkt] * User experience (UX): yuw-z’r ik-spi-ri-y’ns [IPA: ˈjuːzəɹ ɪkˈspɪɹiəns] * Third party: th’rd paar-dee [IPA: θɜːɹd ˈpɑːɹɾi] * Application: ap-luh-key-sh’n [IPA: ˌæpləˈkeɪʃən] * Interface: in-t’r-feys [IPA: ˈɪntəɹfeɪs] or i-ner-feys [IPA: ˈɪnəɹfeɪs] * Model: maa-d’l [IPA: ˈmɑːdəl] * Module: maa-djuwl [IPA: ˈmɑːdʒuːl] * Security: suh-kyu-ruh-dee [IPA: səˈkjʊrəɾi] If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
7 min
Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu