Mobility – October 2019 - 50

If you're a
native speaker,
be aware that
you speak
incredibly fast
for someone
who is not a
native speaker,
no matter
which language
you speak.

50 Mobility | October 2019

Simplify

Simplification is just as important as slowing down,
but it is more difficult to understand and apply. A
little background on the history of language teaching: Most formal language courses teach academic
words and a formal way of speaking-a business
English vocabulary list. Ironically, most American
workplaces are fairly casual, and although business
English is used, many of the most commonly used
words, for example phrasal verbs, are often not in
the textbooks or are considered to be on a higher
level of understanding.
What's a phrasal verb? Thank you so much for asking. It's an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and
another element. For example: to see to something,
to look down on someone, to break down. Someone
who has learned English from a textbook will know
the word see, but not necessarily to see to something.
They'll know the word look, but not particularly
look down on someone. They'll know the word break,
but possibly not break down. You can see where the
problem lies, since they mean completely different
things. To see: I see a cow. To see to something: I'll see
to it that you get your check. "To see to something" is
assuring that something will happen. This has nothing to do with the physical ability of seeing.
I was doing a SASS workshop at a conference and
asked the audience to simplify this paragraph (it's a
conference room setting, and the CFO is speaking): "I
need to bring something up. I apologize for blowing
up at the meeting last week. Since we're getting on
track now, I think we can call off the Saturday meeting. If you can just hand in your reports Friday, we'll
be golden."
Now, before reading on, please try to translate
this paragraph into a simpler version. The best way
is to think of words that mean the same thing as the
phrasal verb, but replacing it with only one word. For
example, to "bring something up" would be to "mention." Now "mention" is in the English textbooks, but
"bring something up" would probably not be there.
This would be considered a higher-level understanding of a language, even though native speakers are
likely to use "bring something up" much more often
in conversation than "mention."
SASS-simplified paragraph: "I need to mention
something. I apologize for becoming angry at the
meeting last week. Since we are doing well now, I



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