My heart is big, my ears are crap
September 9, 2011 9:49 AM Subscribe
I have often have trouble understanding what ESL speakers are saying, and I pretty much feel like a jerk after asking someone to repeat something a third time.
posted by anonymous to human relations (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I recently started grad school, and many of my classmates are not native English speakers. I've already run into several instances where I simply couldn't understand what someone was saying when my classmates seemed to have no problem with it. These are people who I'll be doing in-depth group projects with, and I'm scared of coming off like an obnoxious tourist, constantly asking them to speak louder and repeat what they said. It's something I hope to get better at, but until I can improve my hearing & comprehension skills, I'd like some tips on how to address those limitations when I have trouble understanding someone.