I wrote about Christine Ohuruogu for the Beijing Olympics Fan! blog yesterday, and tonight I got an email from the BBC asking if I’d like to talk about it for World Have Your Say. Would I? Of course! BBC radio is, naturally, on London time which meant staying up until 3AM in Beijing, but I can totally stay up late to be on the same airwaves as Douglas Adams and the original Hitchhiker’s Guide!
Just a little hypothetical situation here. In case you live abroad, and all your coworkers speak second-language English, you might get pretty used to speaking very slowly and using the simplest words possible. You may even drop an “I very like” into conversation, or skip an article now and again.
It’s not a problem, until you speak to someone who actually speaks English well. In fact, you might say that radio people speak English for a living. This may make you feel extremely stupid. Not that any of that happened to me, of course.
Podcast to follow.
PS I meant to blog about how I went to two separate restaurants on opposite sides of town and was given two different glasses of Coke as a courtesy to the American and felt it was only polite to choke them down.