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English and You

  1. 1. English and You The new recruit’s guide to surviving in the US Army -by Anthony Palmer
  2. 2. Welcome to the Army <ul><li>New way of life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Army life vs. civilian life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding South Carolina </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soldiers, drill sergeants, camaraderie </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New language </li></ul>
  3. 3. English and native speakers <ul><li>Not experienced with dealing with nonnative speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Assumption that everyone is a native speaker </li></ul><ul><li>People may try to take advantage of nonnative speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Miscommunication/communication gaps </li></ul>
  4. 4. Consequences <ul><li>Frustration with the language </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of isolation from the Army </li></ul><ul><li>Homesickness and regret </li></ul><ul><li>Negative feelings about the Army and its soldiers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How does this affect the mission? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How to overcome! <ul><li>Buddy up with a native speaker </li></ul><ul><li>Take your English lessons seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t just rely on what you learn in class; study independently! </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions when you don’t understand </li></ul><ul><li>Try to learn one new word or expression a day </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to talk to native speakers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sample expressions <ul><li>Brown-nosing </li></ul><ul><li>Jump down someone’s throat </li></ul><ul><li>Dead man walking </li></ul><ul><li>Bite the bullet </li></ul><ul><li>Between a rock and a hard place </li></ul>
  7. 7. To recap <ul><li>The Army is a new way of life with many challenges and many opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Language barriers may seem formidable at first, but they can be overcome through experience </li></ul><ul><li>The responsibility for progressing lies with you! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Victory starts here! HOOAH!

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