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Views And Reviews

It's not what you say but the way that you say it.

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:485
  1. A O’Brien

    Once during an audition for a college play I was asked to spend two minutes saying “Hello” in as many different ways as possible. I am reminded of this since I have spent the past two months experimenting with various form of “Bonjour,” my aim being to find one which will not immediately reveal me to be a foreigner.

    I have come to realise that this is not as easy as at first thought. My innate ability to distinguish a native speaker of my own language (English) after the utterance of one word is not unique and not just granted to those who live on one side of the Channel. Often it …

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