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Oct 11, 2022

English is the world’s lingua franca, but the 400 million native-English speakers are a minority compared to the 2 billion people who learned English in a classroom. With these numbers, it’s no surprise that most people speak English ‘badly’.

The problem is that, when people speak with a strange accent, pronounce words wrong, or use unusual grammar, we form an impression of their intelligence and capability that has nothing to do with their actual abilities. So this week on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, we’re joined by author, consultant and TEDx speaker Heather Hansen to explore the benefits of speaking English badly!

We discuss:

  • Why ‘accent bias’ is a problem
  • How to become better listeners in a global setting
  • How we can better communicate with others.

You can watch Heather’s TEDx talk at:

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You can also find Heather on LinkedIn:

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Ross discussed Alan Rickman’s showbiz diaries:

Nahdia discussed research into accent bias in Britain:

We opened today’s show with a clip from Mind Your Language.

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