Trouble c accents at work? - page 6

I have a really hard time with language accents be it either foreign or regional dialects. I had an altercation with a house supervisor the other day who accused me of not listening when I did not... Read More

  1. by   HealingHands327
    lol I usually ask them to repeat themselves at a slower pace, and I move in way closer, and turn my head so my ear is in front of them. Usually helps lolz, if it doesn't, I usually crack up.:smiletea2:
  2. by   WannaBeNrse
    hey,

    i still have my german accent (been here two years now but can't help it ;-)) and i find that i have to repeat myself alot, especially when i attempt to say any word that has an "r" in it ;-) i just cannot pronounce this letter in american english. oh well. i guess theres nothing wrong with sounding like a toddler when you're 26.... :-)

    but i have to admit, i myself have a very hard time understanding people with different accents- wether its foreigners or just people from southern us states. so i really dont get offended when people don't understand me, i know what its like.

    the funny thing is- i just took that test http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_america...nt_do_you_have and it put me right here in the midwest, where i live. i guess pretty soon i'm gonna start cooking "hotdish" and considering any temp above 0 "mild" ;-)
  3. by   GooeyRN
    I am from PA and have a Boston accent according to the quiz. Where I work, most of the doctors are from India. They all speak excellent american english, but they have a heavy accent. I can make out the accent, but they talk SO FAST that I have such a hard time understanding them, especially on the phone. I sound so stupid, when I ask them to repeat themselves several times. Especially over the phone. The one doc must think I am an idiot. I did not understand his t/o due to him talking so fast, so I asked him to repeat himself for the 4th time. There were several orders he said, and I guess he thought I didn't know what they were. He started explaining what each set of labs were. I felt bad that he thought I was stupid! I did not want to offend him by saying I couldn't understand him, but I really don't think it is the greatest thing for him to think I am stupid, either!
  4. by   EarthChild1130
    I like that quiz too...it pegged me dead on as having a Southern accent, and I have a THICK one...I was perfectly understandable in my native Alabama, but I moved to Oregon last year and usually 2-3 words into a conversation, the other person will say something like 'Wow, where are you from, Texas?' (I always fake offense and say 'Can't you hear that I'm from Alabama? lol) I think it's funny and my coworkers are always asking me to say words for them, and the doctors love it too, for some reason (and one coworker always just gets so cracked up when I say 'My Daddy')...but it's okay with me...they sound funny to me too! lol

    (btw, anyone from the South knows that we all sound different...people from Georgia talk different from those of us from Alabama, and we in Alabama talk differently from Texas, and so on! lol)
  5. by   Ado Annie
    Quote from wannabenrse
    the funny thing is- i just took that test http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_america...nt_do_you_have and it put me right here in the midwest, where i live. i guess pretty soon i'm gonna start cooking "hotdish" and considering any temp above 0 "mild" ;-)
    what's hotdish?

    (and i know what you mean about the temp... i still can't get used to it. always thought "comfortable" was anywhere between... oh... 50 and 100. !
  6. by   whipping girl in 07
    That quiz pegged me as a southerner, and rightly so, although my accent is such a weird blend of Appalachian mountain, Arkie and Cajun that no one else sounds like me. I love hearing people guess where I'm from (they're usually wrong!) Anyway, I use "Can you slow that down for my Arkansas ears?" for those folks that speak way too fast for me to understand. That was a huge problem for me in south Louisiana (those Cajuns speak FAST!!), not as bad in the midwest.

    People do expect that I'm an idiot when they hear me talk. I try not to prove them right!!

    Konni
  7. by   all4schwa
    Quote from GooeyRN
    IWhere I work, most of the doctors are from India. They all speak excellent american english, but they have a heavy accent. I can make out the accent, but they talk SO FAST that I have such a hard time understanding them, especially on the phone.
    And the last names? Forget about it. The names are not familiar american names, so I cant predict what name they are getting at when I can't even make out the letters they are saying. This is the hardest part, because when it comes to pt care stuff, I pretty much know what they are going to say, or what they are getting at. Most of the docs I'm talking to are residents on different services that rotate. And I always feel either dumb, or like I'm hurting someones feelings by not understanding. One day. Two residents show up, and stay awhile. The american lady ended up playing interpreter and I was getting embarrassed.
  8. by   Indy
    I like differing accents once I get to understand them. Some are cute, some are annoying, some I miss. My preceptor was polish and I miss her pronunciations of different things, but not quite as much as I miss her. However, I'm partially deaf (don't hear the low end of the scale well) so I don't care who you are, if you mumble with your back turned there is no telling what in the sam hill you're saying.

    So! Then I've got an indian (far east indian) doc on the phone whose orders I'm wading through and repeating, correcting myself with each order on about the third repeat, and we get stuck on something. It's always something! With this doc I can NOT get through a whole set of orders! I think he said "hyaloid" and I can't figure out what in saint peter's britches the hyaloid bone has to do with cardiac tamponade (no, a big tree did not fall on the guy's neck or anything, but boy I was imagining some weird stuff) and it turns out he's saying "thyroid studies." I know he thinks I'm either a deaf, an idiot, or both.
  9. by   sally24
    No doubt how much you improve your communication skill , but you still count as an foriegners when it come to your accent and that true i m a foriegner and i have an pakistani/indian accent. but i cannot change it overnight because its highly depend on time you spend on certain environment to adapt that particular accent. i just reccently came from pakistan. i am currently working in ICU where you definately need a good communication skill with your collegue and with docters. i know that some time its being a struggle to express your self with your collegue and with other paramedics but that doesnt mean that person is not trying. of course! i also feel myself embarrased and insecure to give a hard time to others and i m trying my best to overcome that problem but it take time. this is the toughest part that mostly people dont wana give you a chance. they hesitate to talk you. they are not very much welcoming and friendly, give you a very rude attitute. i was really feel isolated and depressed for couple of months. as far as patient care concerned i know that i never take a chance and i sort out the ways to understand them what they really need. if the patient is concious if they can speak , i tell them to repeat or write for me. because of my accent i never wana put my patient in certain condition where they feel frustated to talk to me. SO! my major concern is my own collegues, i just wana say, hold my hand and give me a chance to breath with U. i am not an allien, i m a part of u. dont put me down or isolate just because i have not born here.
  10. by   sally24
    No doubt how much you improve your communication skill , but you still count as an foriegners when it come to your accent and that true i m a foriegner and i have an pakistani/indian accent. but i cannot change it overnight because its highly depend on time you spend on certain environment to adapt that particular accent. i just reccently came from pakistan. i am currently working in ICU where you definately need a good communication skill with your collegue and with docters. i know that some time its being a struggle to express your self with your collegue and with other paramedics but that doesnt mean that person is not trying. of course! i also feel myself embarrased and insecure to give a hard time to others and i m trying my best to overcome that problem but it take time. this is the toughest part that mostly people dont wana give you a chance. they hesitate to talk you. they are not very much welcoming and friendly, give you a very rude attitute. i was really feel isolated and depressed for couple of months. as far as patient care concerned i know that i never take a chance and i sort out the ways to understand them what they really need. if the patient is concious if they can speak , i tell them to repeat or write for me. because of my accent i never wana put my patient in certain condition where they feel frustated to talk to me. SO! my major concern is my own collegues, i just wana say, hold my hand and give me a chance to breath with U. i am not an allien, i m a part of u. dont put me down or isolate just because i have not born here.

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