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Old 01-18-2002, 04:24 PM   #1
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US/British: what do you think of English used by us non-native speakers? Also...

Have you ever met any non-native English speakers in person?
Did they develop any accents?

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Old 01-18-2002, 04:35 PM   #2
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Have you ever met any non-native English speakers in person?
Did they develop any accents?

I think anyone who speaks English as well as the people on these forums, despite English not being their native language, is amazing

No, seriously, I have basically no ability to speak of in any language other than English so I'm really impressed by people who speak several languages fluently.

I was an exchange student in the US a couple of years back and I met someone there who was German but spoke English with an American accent. And, even funnier than that, I knew someone who was from Sweden and came to live in Liverpool and then spoke English with a broad Liverpool accent. It was quite amusing, at least to me
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I have a farm-boy accent. uhehehe!

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I think anyone who speaks English as well as the people on these forums, despite English not being their native language, is amazing

Shucks, my English isn't perfect you know! Just wait long enough and i'll make some spelling or grammar mistake.

But i can say i had good teachers and that i was lucky enough not to have any major problems along the way when studying English - everything is a lot easier if you have "an ear" for the language, if you know what i mean.

Erm, i additionally wanted to say thanks to all of the native speakers for putting up with any mistakes we may make when using English.


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I keep my sentences really short
it helps
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Old 01-19-2002, 03:41 AM   #6
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Then you don't have to use commas
That's a good thing
Because they can be hard to place in a foreign language
Don't you agree?
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Old 01-19-2002, 04:38 AM   #7
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You don't just keep your sentences very short
you generally keep most of your posts very short
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U2girlie, your English skills are quite amazing. Without you saying otherwise I would have had no idea it was your 2nd language.
I've heard people say its a very hard language to master as so many words have various meanings and a slightly different word can give something a whole new perspective. The only comment I could make on people who dont speak it often, is not the way they talk or ability they have with it, sometimes accents are hard to understand. Which is no problem, if you listen carefully.
I gotta ask a dumb question, how many of you, U2girl, Klod, Slomey, Risti, anyone else, how many of you speak English everyday? Im curious how many countries actually use it on a regular basis.
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Old 01-19-2002, 08:40 AM   #9
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well, I'm here every day
so I talk english everyday

only on the internet though

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well english is my native tongue, but sometimes I forget that many people here are posting in their 2nd or 3rd language, which is quite amazing in some respects...

as for meeting non-native english speakers, I meet them everday in the US, my neighbor is Italian and his wife is German, my other neighbor and his family are Philipino; and I encounter many people who are native spanish-speakers, they always have accents and their accents are based on their native language and birthplace, for instance, someone from Mexico would have a different accent then someone from Cuba or Guatemala (I'm not sure if I answer your question about accents?)
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Personally I found English a pretty easy language to learn. It's got its challenges, sure, but nowhere near the same maddening amount of complexities and subtleties that Russian language has. Next to my native language, English grammar is so simple it's virtually non-existant,

There was however one major annoyance I had with native English-speakers in the first couple of years in Australia: some people seem to think for some reason that just because you have a heavy foreign accent and can't speak English 100% correct you must have an intelligence of an eight-year-old. So they slip into this patronising mode and treat you as they would a small child, as if you're unaware of the most basic things.
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I'm the same as Salomey. I don't speak (type?? )English besides on the Internet and at the English lessons.

I think English is a difficult language for me to learn as my native language is nothing like it. You know how do the Chinese characters look like...
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Yes, english used by foreigners may have an accent, obviously if they have gone to learn it in a particular part of the world.
On balance i would say native Asians tend to say more american things while europeans more british things just because of location to where they learnt it, altho this isnt always true. The difference between someone from France and someone from Quebec, both native frencgh speakers, who speak english at the same level, can be staggering.

As for the native accents, well women who originate from french, northern european or slavic areas (even slovenia!) and who speak a reasonable level of english, tend to in my experience sound damn hot!!!!
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I've found English a very easy language to learn mainly because every Dane is brought up with it through music, movies, internet, and so on. I'm studying social sciences and 90 % is English literature - so I'm learning it the hard way . In comparison, German is my 3rd language, had it seven years in school but am I able to use it?! Ehh...in short: No

Btw, anybody knows why this forum is so dominated by American users - though there are lots of other users? U2 is equally popular in Europe?

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