magaretnahmias wrote in linguaphiles

My #1 Foreign Language Communication Tip

Don't say I don't understand when you speak a foreign language. A concrete thinker like me may find it too vague.  Instead, be specific or try to get clarification from the other person.  Learn phrases in the target language to solicit clarification. In case you are uncertain of the meaning, explain what you think it means and get it confirmed  This is helpful with context-dependent language like slang that you may be able to find in a dictionary. It sounds natural and will keep the conversation going


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