"Aksanlı Konuşmak Sorun Mudur?" | Reşat Ören | TEDxYouth@AFL

"Aksanlı Konuşmak Sorun Mudur?" | Reşat Ören | TEDxYouth@AFL

Importance of Pronunciation and Body Language in Communication

  • Words only make up 7% of communication, while body language accounts for 55% and voice and tone account for 38%.
  • Pronunciation is important for clear communication, as inconsistent pronunciation can disrupt communication due to subconscious monitoring of perceived errors.
  • Accented speech is not equivalent to mispronunciation; it involves pronouncing a language using the rules of another language.
  • Communication is primarily about persuasion, with only 7% of impact coming from words and 93% from other factors, including accent.
  • A strong accent can create the impression of limited English proficiency, even with excellent language skills.

Learning a New Language

  • Curiosity is the key to learning new languages.
  • Exposing children to different languages at a young age is important for language acquisition.
  • Learning a new language involves not only acquiring new vocabulary and grammar but also developing a new character in the brain.
  • Exposure to a language is important, but it is not enough on its own. Curiosity and a desire to understand the language are also essential for successful language learning.
  • Active listening and paying attention to how native speakers use language are important for effective language acquisition.
  • Confirming your understanding and considering alternative ways of expressing ideas can enhance language learning.
  • Exposure to English content at a level slightly above one's current proficiency can be beneficial for language learning.

Personal Experiences and Observations

  • The speaker's parents are Turkish, and they taught him to read and write at the age of 4.
  • He learned English from his father and was always curious about languages.
  • He noticed that Turkish people living in Germany often have poor Turkish language skills and attributes this to a lack of exposure to the language.
  • The speaker learned to read the Quran in Arabic but does not understand the language.

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