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think we can cancel the Saturday meeting. If you can
submit your reports Friday, that will be great."
If you noticed, I also put some slang in there: "to
be golden." Slang and idioms are another challenge.
You have two options: Use the expression and explain
it, or if you don't have the time for a quick English
lesson, then avoid using it if it's not clear what the
meaning is in context. So, on conference calls, with
many people on the call, you might want to simplify,
but during a one-on-one, you might be able to use the
slang and explain it.

Support

It is actually quite easy to support your multilingual
staff. Do you know what will help them the most?
Conversation. Every 100 hours of having conversations in your non-native language gets you closer
to another level of fluency, confidence, and ease of
speaking that language.
There are many ways you can help your colleagues
get another 100 hours. Every day at noon there is an
opportunity for some conversation. Whether you're
eating at your desk for 15 minutes, sitting in the lunch
room, or walking down the block to grab food-
invite one of your colleagues to join you so they can
get some speaking time in. Talk about the Netflix
show you're binging, share an interesting podcast,
ask about his or her culture or how the kids are doing
in the new school, or just share about a good book
you're reading. This all helps give non-native speakers more confidence to speak more at meetings, give
more input, and learn new vocabulary.
Another great way to support non-native speakers is to learn what they enjoy doing, and then, if
you hear about something to do in your city that is
related, suggest it. They need to get out and make
friends, as this will help them become more confident,
not to mention make their time in the new country
enjoyable. My year and a half in Mexico was one of
the hardest times in my life, but I remember key people who checked in on me and asked me to dinner
or out on the weekends. It's because of them that I
1) became very fluent and confident in Spanish-and
more productive at work!-and 2) had an experience
I will never forget.

A Daily Reminder

I encourage you to write "SASS" on a piece of
paper and put it somewhere in your office, so

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Do not ask
yes-or-no
questions,
and most
definitely
do not ask,
' Did you
understand?'
that it reminds you to think of what it means. You
cannot change how you speak overnight, but you
can remind yourself daily to incorporate SASS into
your communication techniques with your multilingual colleagues, clients, and others to ensure
communication is achieved. Isn't that the goal? M
Micah Bellieu is founder and CEO of Fluency Corp.
She can be reached at +1 469 338 9382 or micah@
fluencycorp.com.
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