Category Archives: Language

SAPA 2016 Career Development Workshop

Come join our workshop! Enhancing Cultural Fluency and Becoming a Better Communicator Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Rutgers University, 675 Hoes Lane, West Piscataway, NJ 08854 This session will help students, employees, and managers communicate appropriately and deal effectively with … Continue reading

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5 ways to improve your English skills without a teacher

Many English language learners who have lived and worked in the US for a while say they’ve plateaued in their language skills.  They have achieved a certain level of fluency, but often feel limited in their vocabulary and ability to … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Errors for Chinese Speakers

When speaking in a second language, people will use the structures and style of their native language.  This is called first language transfer, or L1 transfer.  L1 transfer can affect one’s pronunciation, grammar, spelling, word choice, and communication style. To … Continue reading

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Speak Clearly with Correct Stress

Stress is extremely important in English. Stressing the wrong syllable or pronouncing all syllables with equal stress are a common problem for non-native speakers, and can be very confusing for the listener. A native speaker may not understand a word … Continue reading

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To learn English, learn about your own language

English language learners tend to use English in ways stylistically similar to their first language, both when speaking and writing. That is why an effective language  training program must include developing awareness of cultural norms of communication. Learners must identify … Continue reading

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5 problem areas in English pronunciation

Why do I have an accent? Non-native English speakers often use the pronunciation and communication style of their native language when speaking in English, resulting in accented speech.  Below are 5 common problem areas that can interfere with intelligibility when … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible For The Message?

Good communication is a culturally-bound concept. What is appropriate and effective in one culture may not be so in another. However, regardless of culture, all communication carries a message. But who is responsible for making sure that message gets transmitted? … Continue reading

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Accents in the Workplace

Everyone has an accent. Accent marks one’s native language and geographic region, among other things.  A wide range of  research has shown that your accent affects how others perceive you, and may even judge you on issues unrelated to accent.  … Continue reading

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Getting Angry at Work: Affective and Neutral Cultures

If you’re angry or frustrated at work, would you say so? How would you express these feelings? Depending on whether your culture is Affective or Neutral, your answer will be very different. Affective or Neutral describes how overtly a culture … Continue reading

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Communication and Cultural Thought Patterns

Being a good communicator has different meanings in different cultures.  In order to communicate effectively across cultures, you need to understand the cultural thought patterns behind the language of communication. These thought patterns influence the way native speakers of a  … Continue reading

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