You can't understand someone with an accent, what do you do?
Posted 8/9/16 , edited 8/9/16
When you can't understand someone because of their accent.

Have you ever been in this situation?

What would you do?
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Posted 8/9/16 , edited 8/9/16
Pantomime.
Body language is the best because there's every chance they have as much difficulty interpreting an english speaking accent.
Posted 8/9/16
I will ask that they repeat themselves one time, and if I can understand a little bit of the sentence, I will make an educated guess. If their accent is so thick that I cannot get anything, I might ask them to write it down/type it on a phone.

This question is highly context reliant
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Posted 8/9/16 , edited 8/9/16

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

Pantomime.
Body language is the best because there's every chance they have as much difficulty interpreting an english speaking accent.


What if their body language has an accent?
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Posted 8/9/16 , edited 8/9/16
It happened/happens with me many times considering that I live in a country with diversity of languages so I usually ask the person to repeat if I still don't get it I'd smile and nod
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Posted 8/9/16
little kids have an accent so i try to guess what their saying or i just smile and nod
Posted 8/10/16
Well this happened and I felt terrible asking "what?" numerous times
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Posted 8/10/16
This situation happened to me last month. The classic over the phone indian woman talking too fast. Wouldn't put any one else on the line to help and I just had to ask can you repeat that like 7 times
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Posted 8/10/16
Smile and nod boys , smile and nod. That has worked for me thus far I have no plans to abandon a plan that is working.
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Posted 8/10/16
Since I kinda bounce back and forth between my country and another I run into this problem all the time when speaking Spanish since i'm only at an intermediate level, especially if someone has an accent from a region I'm not familiar with. Yeah repeat or speak slowly usually does the trick, if not have them explain the word or phrase in a sentence.
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Posted 8/11/16
make my judgment based on what I think they're saying also read their body language
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