Basic Guide for a Better Communication with Filipino Maid
English became the language of the globe. When such medium of communication is dispersed to the ends of the earth, many varieties of English will be formed. Singlish is a variety formed when Singapore’s language and English collided. However, other speakers of English possess their own varieties too. This is the reason why some English speakers still have a problem understanding other. By this, communication between Singlish speaking employer and Taglish speaking housemaid can be vastly affected.
We came up of the basic guide for a better communication with your Filipino maid. This advisable for both the employer and housemaid.
Enunciate the word properly.
The problem commonly arises from the mispronunciation of words. It is normal due to the influence of our mother tongue or our first language. It is important to stick to the standard English pronunciation of words. The standards are the American and British English Varieties. Assess your communication. Does she misunderstand instructions because she’s not used to your pronunciation? Then you can enunciate your word properly.
Use physical gestures.
Action speaks louder than words. So if you don’t have the right words to express, try expressing it through certain physical gestures. You may look funny in trying but it is better than miscommunication and worst, accidents due to misunderstanding. You must therefore, make sure your employer or maid understand what you mean. Act it out. Show what you mean.
Use dictionaries if possible.
Even native speakers of English themselves need dictionaries. Arm yourself with pocket English dictionaries or a useful dictionary application in your smartphones. So if your maid doesn’t understand your chosen term, refer to dictionaries for a wide varieties of synonyms! She may understand your next word. We also suggest that you choose the one with International Phonetic Alphabets for a guide to a perfect pronunciation. There are also ones with clip audios that you can play to listen to how the word is pronounced. Also learn how IPA’s work.