When You’re NOT the Problem

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Sometimes along our language journey — or in fact, any journey — we discover that we are not the problem.

But the one aspect I cannot control when sending my students out into the real world is the receivers of their messages.

This shortening or lengthening of sounds, different vowel pronunciation, or change in stress can often cause confusion for the listener.

Because, unfortunately, as language-learners, the weight of making sure the communication doesn’t break down is usually on us.

This is because learning a new language not only increases your brain capacity, but it also makes you a better communicator — as a speaker and listener.

Communication is a two-way endeavor. And it takes both of us to make sure we understand the correct message.

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Born a Midwestern American, now a permanent Mexican resident. Outdoor adventurer, language enthusiast, and lover of classical music.

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Alicia Ruth Mendez

Alicia Ruth Mendez

Born a Midwestern American, now a permanent Mexican resident. Outdoor adventurer, language enthusiast, and lover of classical music.

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