Thinking without an accent

6 Oct

Do you think our accent is only visible when we speak?

Well, think again. Thinking without an accent

Learning a new language. Moving in to a new group, joining a new company, or living in a new country. All of these situations put us to think and express in a new way.

Whenever we express ourselves, we are using the symbols, words, and metaphors of our past. Are these applicable in our new environment? If not then we have an “accent”.

How to become aware of our accents? How to make sure that we communicate in a manner which is accent-neutral? How do we recognize whether or not we have an accent?

Here is an example:

Once a friend of mine met this beautiful girl from England. My friend Dave got a deep insight into her background when she talked about her childhood. Here is how their dialogue went.

“When I was green. I was the fastest kid in my street,” she said in a perfect British vocal accent. “Do you also speak Russian?”, Dave said rather interestingly. She smiled and nodded her head.

You might be wondering how come Dave guessed about her Russian background. Dave says its “I was green” that gave away. According to him some of his Russian friends use the green as a metaphor for youth.

Accent is much more than just words and their pronunciation. It’s the way you construct your thoughts; the way you use metaphors; the stories you tell.

Read More:

This post is part of a series: Thinking Accent. This series is an attempt to explore the existence of our unique thinking style, which we lovingly call here as thinking accent, in each of us.

First step is an overview of thinking accent, next is the identification of our own accent and last identifying others.

Why do I care?

You might say, “why should I care about thinking accent?”. Well, honestly you must. Like old sage advise, “look not only what is being said but also who is saying it.”. It is the “look who is saying” part that has a flavor of unique thinking accents.

Let me know if you have any thoughts, personal quotes, or stories.

Technorati tags: Thinking, Speaking, Accents, Metaphors, digg

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4 Responses to “Thinking without an accent”

  1. chartreuse October 7, 2006 at 3:44 pm #

    Thought provoking post.

    But do we really have to lose our accents?

  2. dilawar October 7, 2006 at 3:51 pm #

    Pleasure to see you here Prince.
    No, I dont think so we need to lose our accents. We need to be aware of it.
    Its all about being understood.

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