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  1. Well actually the native language of the United States of America is English, and one can't really blame Americans for being born and raised in the country that majority of people communicate in one language, which is English.

    People tend to think that though Americans are open-minded, and unfortunately, there is a stereotype that Americans are shallow-minded. I don't agree that all of them are.

    The American culture is so strong, and it is true that foreigners in America tend to become Americans themselves.

  2. Honestly, though A Series of Unfortunate Events is sort of a children's series, I've loved it growing up. I thought it was more mature and complex as compared to other children's books.

    It's mysterious and the characters are actually quite incredible. My favorite character in those books was Violet. She was clever, unique, and very caring.

    All characters are amazing, but Violet was the one that made me appreciate the books in a whole new light.

  3. One reason why you probably don't like Jane Austen books was because maybe you've always thought of it as homework.

    You mentioned that you had to read her books at school and you were required to watch some movies. Maybe you thought it was boring because at that time you don't find anything given from the school as something fun and interesting.

    That's just my guess. I may be wrong. Am I?

  4. I do find that quite difficult. Try to learn the Spanish language during your free time! I'm sure there are some free online courses in learning Spanish.

    And just try to remember patience. It takes time to learn a completely new language, but start off with the basics, practice pronunciation, and study simple sentences.

    Eventually, maybe not sometime soon, but eventually, you will speak Spanish fluently.

    Good luck!

  5. It was a difficult decision for me to choose between French and Italian, but I went for Italian because honestly, my ex-boyfriend was Italian and the way he spoke some words were actually quite beautiful.

    I even asked him to teach me some words myself, and when I spoke it, I actually sounded sexier than usual.  :laugh:

    French is also a very beautiful and romantic language, but Italian does it for me.

  6. I actually text with good grammar and with correct spelling. Sometimes I forget to capitalize the first letter of my sentences and sometimes my phone doesn't do it automatically, but that's probably the only grammatical mistake I make.

    I don't often say 'u' instead of 'you', I don't replace my 'O's' with zeroes, I don't even disregard the use of commas.

    I've been writing online for a long time, so I've practiced using correct grammar and spelling.

  7. You could try freelancer, elance, odesk, fiverr, and bubblews. I've used all of these in the past and think they're great. Give it a try. :) Good luck!

    Out of the sites you've suggested (freelancer, odesk, bubblews, etc.), which do you suggest? I'm currently living in the Philippines so hopefully you could recommend a site that accepts internationals.

    I read a lot about TextBroker, but unfortunately, it isn't allowed in my country. Hopefully I could get a great site where I can express myself through writing and earn a few extra bucks for doing so.


  8. Well I wouldn't say that I can't speak Filipino, but I'm surely not fluent in it.

    Though I was raised in California, I was taken care of by my parents and my grandmother who are all fluent in Filipino. My parents would speak their native tongue to me if they are giving me a lecture or if they're angry, and my grandmother couldn't speak English even if she tried. So I've practically been surrounding by Filipino speakers even though my native tongue is English.

    I have a hard time speaking Filipino, but I could understand it very well.

  9. Yes there are very good writers but I'm not completely sure what you mean by "equivalent" because literature now and then have progressed and I wouldn't say for the better or for the worse. The style of writing is very different if we were to compare it. Even the styles of Shakespeare and Emily Bronte are different. But one of my favourite contemporary writers today is Haruki Murakami who is a Japanese author. Some of my favourite works of his are Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

    I've heard so much about Haruki Murakami. I've actually never read any of his books, but I know about his works and the effect they have on young adults. I know about Norwegian Wood and it does seem like a very interesting story. I know his way of writing is different from other writers, and he really writes his books in a completely different perspective. He actually gives his readers the challenge of thinking.

  10. I often have this problem. Sometimes I forget the translation of my native language and I end up speaking the other language I know.

    Sometimes I speak two languages in one sentence and I don't realize it. I speak English and a bit of Filipino, and sometimes I don't realize that I'm actually speaking both languages at the same time. People sometimes get confused and try to understand what I'm saying. They have to make me aware of what I just did.

  11. I'm no teacher and I have no experience in teaching a language to someone, but if I were to, I would definitely have the student learn the basics of the language. I would teach them basic phrases and how to pronounce important words.

    Afterwards, I'd have this person hang out with another person who speaks that certain language. The student would then learn to have conversations and proper pronunciation.

  12. One of my favorite quotes is actually from John Legend's song called "All of Me".

    The quote is "All of me loves all of you". It's a very simple quote but this really should be vital in relationships. All of one person, must love all of another person. It's a beautiful song. I recommend you listen to it!

    Here's a link to hear the song:

  13. I used to write things on my arms all the time. I always need to remind myself about certain things. For example, if I have a math test tomorrow, I'd have to write down "Calculator" in big letters across my left arm. Then I would wake up in the morning and see it written on my arm. Simple reminders like these saved me through a lot!

    I actually heard of the movie 'Memento' and I heard it was one of those mind-blowing movies. I'll definitely take a look into it.

  14. I honestly get annoyed as well. That just influences others to deteriorate their grammar and spelling skills. I always disregard the fact that people do that. I try to not mind it, but it's a pet peeve of mine to read those kind of texts actually.

    I do my best to ignore it. This world does seem to be a world that tried to simplify things as time goes by, but hopefully they don't practice this method in the future.

  15. I actually haven't learned a language by listening to music, but I think that this method is a great way to learn proper pronunciation on certain words and how to roll your tongue on certain syllables.

    It's a nice method to go buy because not only do you learn how to speak it, you also get to hear music and find out new foreign artists to love.

  16. My favourite is from The Virgin Suicides when Cecelia says to the doctor "Obviously Doctor, you've never been a 13 year old girl". It was awesome when she said that. :D Great movie too!

    I love this movie. Sofia Coppola is definitely one of my all-time favorite directors. It's amazing how this movie was able to capture how it feels like to be a teenage girl. That line hit me hard as well! It's such a short quote, yet it has so much emotion in it. It makes us ask questions about how it really would feel like going through life as a problematic teenager. Incredible movie. Nice choice!

  17. Such a difficult question. I would have to say that one of my favorite lines is from a Woody Allen film called "Annie Hall"

    At the end of the film, Woody's character tells a joke, which is pretty much one of my favorite quotes.

    “It reminds me of that old joke- you know, a guy walks into a psychiatrist's office and says, hey doc, my brother's crazy! He thinks he's a chicken. Then the doc says, why don't you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that's how I feel about relationships. They're totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”

  18. Of course you can learn an accent! It's pretty much just changing the way you roll your tongue when you speak. I was born and raised in the States, but I moved to the Philippines at 12 years old. While I learned a completely new language, a new accent came along with it.

    At first it was different to pronounce some Filipino words, but time grew by and I started to get the hang of saying words, then saying phrases, then eventually speaking Filipino in conversations. I actually can do both a Filipino accent and an American accent.

  19. Try reading on some creative and, at the same time, inspirational books. A great book I definitely suggest is Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.

    It may sound familiar, due to the fact that students are often required to read it in their literature classes, but it's not like homework at all. It's very relatable for teens and it gives them a whole new experience in terms of reading.

    Have fun reading! You won't regret trying that book out.

  20. My definition of slang is speaking carelessly. Honestly speaking, I do speak slang sometimes. When I talk, I speak slang, especially when I'm just with my friends or family. I speak faster when I speak slang.

    However, when I write or type, it's 100% proper. I don't write slang ever. It doesn't look professional nor nice in my opinion.

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