Thursday, September 22, 2011

A presentation in Dutch

Most of the time, I present in English, but every now and then I gt to talk in my native language.

It's a strange sensation that talking about my research in my mother tongue takes me slightly more effort than talking in English, for the following reasons:
- I usually read papers in English, and am more familiar with the technical terms in English
- In Dutch, I feel more tempted to slide into my own dialect, and I have to do extra effort to talk in standard Dutch. In English, I simply have a funny foreign accent.
- I present more often in English than in Dutch, so I am more familiar with presenting in English.

I was wondering if and how other non-native speakers experience presenting their research in their native language...

For those who are interested, here's the presentation I gave:

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