Do you speak English?

Published By: 
Manila Standard Today
Published Date: 
2010, July 13
Article Excerpt: 

In one of the studies we conducted about tuberculosis in our institution, we counted more than 70 different nationalities in our study population. Now imagine trying to understand all those different ethnic groups speaking English in their different renditions of it. It took me a while to get used to these differences. And some patients we took care of did not even speak English at all! ... It is not just the immigrants, though, who speak English in different ways. People from different regions of the US have distinctive ways of speaking the language as well