[quo]*Quote from * taalibeen
About the being asked to repeat things, I understand and empathise completely.
I hang around with a lot of people, mostly Puerto Ricans, but some Cubans, Colombians, Peruvians, and El Salvadorians - and what really frustrates me is when I say something that I feel is perfectly clear, and am asked to repeat it.
Then I start second guessing myself, and before I repeat it I find myself analyzing my sentence and etc.
What I've figured out is that it isn't that what I'm saying is wrong or incorrect, but that I have an accent (obviously), and sometimes they're expecting to hear English and are thrown off when I speak Spanish.
Don't let it get to you, just repeat yourself the way you said it. If you need to be corrected, it'll happen. I think its much better for the flow of conversation to just say it again as opposed to pausing to try and figure out what you may have said wrong before moving along.[/quo]
I understand and agree with everything taalibeen expressed. I second-guess myself most of the time when asked to repeat what I said. I, like taalibeen, analyze, too. When I feel completely certain that every word is correct, I begin to think otherwise, because I was asked, ¿Cómo?, ¿Eh?, etc. I'm told I talk low. The other day, I told someone that when they ask me, ¿Cómo?, I become nervous that what I said may not have been worded correctly, therefore, I hesitate to repeat myself. That person told me they only said that because I spoke too low. Other times, I _know_ what I said was not entirely correct, because of worrying too much. I do the "pause and figure out" thing, halfway through a sentence. That's when I make a mistake.