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Mayday! Don’t Let Communication Skills Ruin the Day! January 28, 2010

Posted by lyndastucky in Communication.
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Recently, tbs shared the most funny ads on television.  They were all good and it was really interesting to see international ads.  One ad in particular caught my attention.  You can watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y5CTtQYmcY

It reminded me of a friend of mine who told me a story about his own personal “mayday” at work.  He was an accountant who provided bottom line numbers to his supervisors.  Because of the way he pronounced 50 it sounded like 15.  The numbers really changed the meaning of his report! 

Often the non-native english speaker makes the numbers ending in “teen” sound like “ty” if the ending is not pronounced completely or the stress on syllables is inaccurate.  This can have disastrous effects for multiple professions (e.g. doctors dictating reports and prescribing dosage for meds, etc.)  For numbers, it is important to stress the second syllable on “teen” numbers and stress the first syllable on numbers ending with “ty.” 

Have you ever experienced a mispronunciation that completely ruined the day?

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