‘Impressions’ and Just being yourself

I DO NOT understand why people need to impress others to feel good.

How about trying to be yourself? Shouldn’t be all that difficult right?

I understand you want to market yourself well or basically create a good impression on another person, but trying to be someone who you’re not – how is that ever going to get you to impress someone else? At least I’m never impressed with a show-off performance. What impresses me is genuinity, humility and being comfortable within oneself.

People who would fall in the I want-to-IMPRESS-category would be:

~1~ People who live abroad say for a year/holiday for a few months and suddenly they all begin to have British, American..and what not other accents. Please!

~2~ Call center people-Good Lord! They are often themselves confused on what English they speak, British, American or Indian and then they throw around an accent to make it all the more complicated.
~3~ People who study under the British Council (In India). I know the trainers are foreigners, YOU AREN’T, so stop imitating them and trying to PUT ON an accent. You’re Indian, speak the way you can. It’s not about the accent but making yourself understood.

~4~ English Language Teachers/Trainers who for some reason, feel its cooler to role their r’s and use American slang words in-between their seminars. Please kill these people, like seriously.

~5~ South Indian people who are very excited to speak in English which isn’t their first language, they speak but it doesn’t sound English at all. Sorry! Some are really good, I agree but for those who are learning the language, stick to speaking it correctly for a start and don’t get too excited.

These are some of the categories of people I have come across, and when I talk to them – they say they don’t understand me..I mean, I speak in English – I have no idea what they understand.

I don’t even need to go and search for such people, they somehow seem to find me. I agree, I am in the teaching profession and I ought to correct, when people talk English the incorrect way – but what happens when you can’t understand what they speak?

Speak to Express,NOT to Impress. It isn’t the style but the understanding that is important.

Enjoy speaking a language, don’t make a mockery of it. English is a beautiful language.


4 Replies to “‘Impressions’ and Just being yourself”

  1. Agree with all but one. Why mention just south Indians? I am a south Indian, and I don’t think mother-tongue/local accent influence is limited to just us. I have seen people from elsewhere speak with a mother-tongue/local language influence.

    1. Yes, they do..but not as strong as those from the south. You will have to admit, people of the south make it sound a different language all together – I am witness to it (talking from experience)

  2. Call centre people…. Yep! 😐

  3. Accent is bound to happen.

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