Category Archives: Communication Breakdown

That awkward moment…

…when your plane is intercepted by two F-16 fighters because you miscommunicated with the tower and everybody thought you were being hijacked. At least that’s how I would have felt if I had not properly reported my situation on board: … Continue reading

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On phrase books, body language and foreign speakers

Have you ever had to make use of gestures when trying to communicate with foreign people? Have you ever made use of phrase books when you are completely clueless about the language spoken in the place you were visiting? Well, … Continue reading

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Always consult a proofreader

Much as I like focussing on English as a rule, never have I seen any reason for disregarding my own language or any other languages. This week I’ve been proofreading some scientific articles in Portuguese, which are to be published … Continue reading

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English as a foreign language

Today’s last test was finished and the candidate seemed impressed that the recordings had brought grammar structures far from perfection and a wide range of accents which are certainly very different from the way how Brazilians pronounce certain English terms. “The … Continue reading

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