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Quick Write 111611 “Direct requests, Indirect questions”

It seems widely received that, quote “when giving directions, women tend to refer to landmarks such as particular buildings, while men tend to orient people in terms of ‘North, South’ and so on.” Well, that statement isn’t new to me. More importantly, quote “men tend to estimate the number of miles to the destination, and to make FEWER mistakes than women when describing the way to the destination.” Oh, is that true?

I must say it is true in most cases. To be honest, I try avoiding asking directions to women because their explanations can get hard to follow, hard to remember. The problem here is, I’m also a woman who is not an expert in understanding the given directions. (even when I have a detailed map, I ask people walking by if I’m on the right track to avoid future trouble.)

The article cited is about pragmatics, or speech act, of English. The author says English learners are usually taught to ask directions with a direct request, such as “Excuse me, can you tell me how I can get to X?”, but indirect questions are also useful. The typical speech act goes like this: “Excuse me. Are you from around here? (If ‘yes’) Do you know where XXX is?” Indirect questions are requests after all, but sound less straightforward and are more appropriate than direct requests in terms of talking to people that you don’t know. The article is concluded with the following remark:

“Learners of English should be exposed to authentic examples drawn from natural contexts so that they can understand how native speakers perform routine speech acts such as asking for directions.”

(30 minutes / 275 words)

Reference: Giving directions: do women do this differently to men? on “Linguistics Research Digest” http://linguistics-research-digest.blogspot.com/2011/11/giving-directions-do-women-do-this.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LinguisticsResearchDigest+%28Linguistics+Research+Digest%29

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