Monday, March 21, 2005

Class Review - Real Estate

Why am I so annoyed by classmates who can barely speak English? As a software developer, I spend my day surrounded by people with thick accents. I am frequently the only person in the room who speaks English as a first language. I usually don't even notice it anymore. So why does it bother me in class?

Maybe because at work, I always know what people are talking about - even if they have a thick accent, I'm familiar with all the words and concepts. In class, it's already hard enough to figure out what we're talking about without throwing in an accent.

Also, I wonder if lawyers with almost-unintelligible accents ever become trial lawyers. It's easy to imagine a jury having no patience with trying to figure out what someone is saying. And it's hard to imagine someone with a minimal command of English doing the kind of argument that we did in Moot Court, where you only have 10 minutes to make your arguments.


Blogger Brian said...

And you don't even need a foreign accent to have a problem. I am from Philly and go to law school out west and was once told to get "speech therapy" if I wanted to improve my job prospects. The irony of it was that a lispy homosexual said it to me.

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