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About Papryus

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  1. I think that the stereotypical image of an obnoxious American considering themselves above learning other languages is overblown. There are those that are obnoxious and do have superiority complexes, but that's not most Americans in my opinion. I think that the stereotype heavily persists because: a) World travelers from the U.S. are more likely to have a comfortable amount of money at home. They resultingly exhibit a superiority complex when they go to represent us around the world. Americans are prone to hiding behind "don't want to learn" as a cover for "I feel incapable. Other peopl
  2. I use proper grammar with everybody. Except if I need to get something across quickly. In that situation, I feel no qualms typing as furiously and incorrectly as necessary to get the point across. On the subject of contractions... Well, I think in contractions. So I type in contractions too. I grew up in East Texas and cannot escape the fact that if I omitted contractions on principle, then a lot of things would sound cumbersome in my accent. It sounds wrong in my mind.
  3. The concept of a Southernism is, according to Merriam Webster, "an attitude or trait characteristic of the South or Southerners especially in the United States." Though highly polarized accents and dialects slowly fading in the U.S., you'll still often hear regional differences in the pronunciation and idioms used. Some of the words and phrases that come out of the South can even give native Americans pause. (Especially when animal similes start appearing lol) A few of them are just plain kooky, but most just have a fun "down-home" spirit if you ask me. Here are some of my favorites: "Crook
  4. That sounds really interesting. What process did you use to memorize the history lessons? Was it just listening to the lessons over and over again, falling asleep with them playing, or something else? I'm thinking of using the webcam/microphone on my computer to record myself speaking in spanish. I'm hoping that if I keep making and watching these recordings, then I can fine tune my pronunciation and comfort with the language.
  5. Hola Uno de mís favoritos actividades es la escribir de español, pero no soy muy bueno en eso. Te pido que me perdones y corregir, según sea necesario. Leí mejor que escribir. Quiero practicar mi español por preguntando una cosa todos los días y leyendo las respuestas. Ayudarme, por favor? Bueno... Vamos a empezar! La primera pregunta: Sí debes elegir una dialecto de país para un estudiante, ¿cuál sería?
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