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Everything posted by lizbeth19hph

  1. I don't ever feel like a different person once I use my second language which is English. The reason maybe because I use it daily at work that I feel comfortable with it and it's like it's just natural for me to speak. But I do not sound nor feel like a foreigner. I am still my old self.
  2. I believe both settings can very well help an individual learn more about the language. I teach English online to Koreans and some of them have been to my country to also study in English academies here plus they also get to enjoy the tourists destinations. Immersing yourself in the culture of the people of speak the language can help one be familiarized with the correct usage and pronunciation of words.
  3. I am not a native English speaker but my professional jobs require me to be fluent and adept in the language. My accent is not American nor British. Mine is what we call "neutralized accent". In some jobs where they require you to sound like a native speaker, they conduct accent training and the sort. I disagree that one is insulting or degrading the language when one doesn't have the accent of a real native speaker. It is quite difficult to fake an accent and sooner or later, people will find out you are merely faking it. For me what is more essential is your fluency and understanding of the language itself and that you are able to express yourself well.
  4. I believe the beauty of a language lies in being able to express yourself well using it. English has always been my favorite subject in school and now that I am a professional, I am still utilizing it in both my jobs as an English instructor and a professional writer and published poet.
  5. I do have an accent but it is a neutralized one and not American nor British. I need not sound like native speakers in my line of work as long as I am fluent in the language and my manner of speaking is well understood. I learned to have a neutralized accent from the call center trainings I had before.
  6. I don't think if one is a bilingual or multilingual for that matter is presumed to be intelligent or smart. Knowing or learning more than one languages doesn't necessary follow that one is knowledgeable in things but it's just that he/she is able to speak and understand the said languages. The same thing with having a good accent, doesn't necessarily mean one is a genius.
  7. Practice makes perfect Anything can be improved on once we set our mind to it and exert all our efforts to be good in something. It's not just the reading pace you should be concerned with but as well as your reading comprehension. It becomes wasted when you read fast but then you didn't get the point or topic of what you have just read.
  8. English has been my favorite subject when I was still a student and as an English writer and online English tutor, I use the language everyday. I love reading the books of Paulo Coelho, Mitch Albom, John Grisham and Stephen King among others. They got many books, I can't enumerate them all.
  9. Well, I am teaching English online to Koreans and I had this child student who typed in a word that means "stupid" in English when I asked her why did she tell that to me as her teacher, she cannot answer. Seems that the kid's parents weren't teaching her good manners or what. I just told her that yoau don't say that bad word to your teacher or to anyone else.
  10. We all get confused at time we are just but human after all. But "an hour" is grammatically correct as the "h" in "hour" is pronounced like a vowel "a" not "h" sounding. So it follows the rule that words with vowels as first letters must be used with the article "an".
  11. If you are talking about online language tutorials, they could somehow help you learn the language but it still is quite different if you are enrolled in a classroom setting. Me for instance is an online English tutor teaching Koreans. It all depends on the student if he is willing enough to learn and does much effort. They sometimes blame their teachers if they get stuck to their level for a long time
  12. English is my second language and I truly believe being fluent and conversant in the English language is but essential for it is the universal language. Lots of opportunities will be offered to you if you are one of those fluent speakers and writers in English. Being an English writer and English teacher by profession, I use English everyday of my life and it has always been my favorite subject in school.
  13. I think some misspell words because they are quite in a hurry but these are just typographical errors while some others do have poor spelling skills. Also nowadays, younger ones are more into sms or short messaging systems and all sorts of short cuts that their spelling skills suffer.
  14. I actually learned a lot of English idiomatic expressions and I am currently teaching them to my Korean students. Some idioms I know of are: "as easy as pie", "hit the sack", "hit the books", "go figure", "feel like a million dollars" among others. It is fun learning and teaching them.
  15. As a poet myself, I do believe it is rather difficult to translate poetry into English from the original one that was done in another language. I compose English poems though so no problem with mine but when a Bengali poem for example is attempted to be translated into English, yes I agree, it loses the rhythm and literary meaning as depicted in the original piece.
  16. I don't think google translate is that reliable though The translation at times loses the meaning of the phrases or sentences and/or just literally translates one language to another. When I ask my foreign friends if the translation is correct in their native language there are some errors.
  17. Yes, English is our second language and as early as 5 in preschool we have English subjects in our curriculum. English has been my favorite subject until I finished my university major.
  18. For me hearing or listening to someone speaking the British accent is way too cool for I find the accent sophisticated Also, I find multi linguals smart too and savvy so in a way sexy too
  19. I believe the most common reason one needs/likes to learn a particular language is to be able to understand and speak the language when ever the need arises or when they get to travel or mingle with foreigners. Like studying the English language for example, we all know it is the universal language and so we are left with no choice but to learn it.
  20. I am teaching English to Koreans and most of them have difficulty in speaking skills. They cannot express themselves well and are having a hard time finding the appropriate vocabulary words to use in their sentences. Although some are fluent already for they have gone abroad to study English, their lack of practice regularly of the English language hinders them to develop their skills in all areas of speaking, writing and listening as well.
  21. I also get pretty annoyed when someone I am chatting to or texting to uses am awful lot of short cuts to the point of not merely understanding what they are supposed to be saying I think minimal use is fine but too much or overdoing it isn't that nice plus people get used to it that their spelling skills gets poorer.
  22. As I have replied in another thread, learning a certain language has to cover all areas of speaking, listening and writing. Listening to music is also one effective way in learning a language fast. When repetitively done, we become acquainted with the lyrics of the song or music and we subconsciously instill that in our minds. It's like another form of audio learning tool.
  23. I do believe it helps to learn a language better by listening to movie lines for we become familiar how words are used in conversations, the proper pronunciation and situations we can use or apply such words and phrases. Learning a language has to cover all areas of speaking, listening and writing.
  24. I believe gender has nothing to do how people learn a language fast. The same thing with being a writer. Both sexes have the capabilities and talents they can use to their advantage. For me, learning a language depends on the person himself. If he really wants to be fluent and adept in a certain language, he should make an effort to do well.
  25. Correct usage of grammar is important in writing formal essays and other technical papers but as a feature writer myself, we don't actually follow certain grammatical rules in all our writings. At times, when the word seems to sound right and good, then rules are not that important anymore. In writing, it is the essence of the piece not the rules. But when it comes to teaching proper English, correct grammatical usage is by then essential. In conversations, we tend to just ignore if we or the person we are speaking with has committed grammatical errors.
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