Can you please tell me your name again?

I just finished reading a great book, The Mind’s Eye, by Dr. Oliver Sacks.  Even though the book is mainly about vision, I did find several chapters interesting in terms of communication.  One chapter in particular is “Face Blind”.  Several of my accent clients have reported their struggles with remembering names.  They were embarrassed but admitted that the problem is because “all Americans look the same”.  Well, I have finally found a reason why this happens:  prosopagnosics, or face blindness.  Humans are predisposed to face identification.  But, it takes exposure to and practice to become very good at it.   If you are only exposed for a long period of time to people from your culture, then people outside of that culture will be harder to distinguish.  The good news is that the longer you are here, the easier it will become to recognize once unfamiliar features.  If it really becomes

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Baby Sitters Wanted: Foreign Language a MUST

Parents are always looking for a way to give their children a head start. With the ever-expanding global marketplace, people are realizing that foreign languages are needed more than ever. Now parents have a new priority, foreign language skills. Since many Americans only speak English, people are looking for outlets for language instruction. The New York Times reports that families are looking for foreign-speaking baby sitters. While you might not want to be a sitter, this article demonstrates, yet again, the benefits of foreign language skills.   Looking For Baby Sitters:  Foreign Language a Must

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