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    With all the communication tools available to us there is still massive mutual mystification when it comes to clearly understanding each other.  Many factors contribute to that, not the least being the languages people speak in our diverse workforce. A US Census report on findings from 2009-2013 found that sixty million American’s speak languages other than English at home, they speak some 300-plus different languages.

    For example, in:

    -New York = 192 different languages

    -San Francisco = 163 different languages

    -Dallas = 156 different languages

    So in addition to the more common German, French, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese, you have: Havasupi, Swahili, Onondaga, Bengali, Picuris, Hindi, Tungus, Hawaiian, Bengali, Pima, Amharic, Serbian, Tamil, Indonesian, Malayalan, Kiowa, Pidgin, Croatian, French Creole, Samoan and Mandarin — as a small sample.

    but even if you speak English you have to work at being understood, as writer David Burge, puts it, “Yes. English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.”

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