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English as she is spoke

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3882 (Published 21 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3882

In Praise of Multilingualism

Communication is a miracle. We communicate with many different
languages, dialects, idioms, abbreviations, and accents. So it is not surprising
that our communication is subject to misunderstanding. We should treat
these misunderstandings with patience and kindness, especially when they
occur with foreigners who speak our language with an accent. Let’s
remember that these foreigners speak our language much better than we
speak theirs, and they can enrich our language and culture with the
benefits of diversity.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 August 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA