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  1. I'm not sure if they still teach this where I'm from (Philippines) but I've always hated writing in cursive. Sure it can be great if it's done beautifully, but for the rest of us, it can be a pain. I've had trouble reading my own writing when I do cursive I can't imagine how it difficult it must have been for my teachers to read my essays. LOL.
  2. This is the kind of game I like having on my phone. Perfect for when you're stuck in traffic or in the doctor's waiting room. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks.
  3. The only thing I hate about reading comprehension questions is that they take too much time to answer. There would most likely be a time limit in taking exams and I hate that this kind of questions takes a lot of time.
  4. Well, it's the second language where I'm from so I was pretty much exposed to the English language pretty early. But I didn't formally studied the language until I started schooling which was when I was about 6 or 7.
  5. Browsing twitter will tell you that even native English speakers have trouble with homophones/homonyms. They are so confusing that I always have to stop and think and even consult google sometimes when I'm writing.
  6. I prefer British English. It's sexier. LOL. But I really have a hard time understanding British English because of the accent. American English just sounds more neutral that anyone who knows english can understand it when they hear it.
  7. Here in the Philippines, we use the spelling "check", not "cheque". I'm familiar with "cheque" but I never use it or see it often.
  8. I sometimes have a hard time reading my friends' text messages. Especially now that most smart phones have qwerty keyboard options. I don't understand why words such as "kasi", "dito" and "nakakatuwa" have to be written as "kc", "d2" and "nkk2wa". Anybody else find this annoying?
  9. I've been studying french for a while now and I've always wondered what's the difference between the french spoken in France and other varieties of french (i.e. Quebec French). If I ever become fluent in the french spoken in France, will I also understand the variety of french they speak in the french speaking parts of Canada?
  10. It's their children so there's not really anything we can do about it. I have a sister who lives in the US. She doesn't even even teach her daughter Tagalog or expose her to our culture which is a shame because it is part of who the child is. But I don't tell my sister that because it's not my business how she raise her child.
  11. This reminds me so much of that Mean GIrls line: "If you're from Africa, why are you white?"
  12. I never swear out loud. You just never know who you might offend. I hardly ever swear in my first language so swearing is not something I'm comfortable saying in a language I'm learning.
  13. Correcting a person's pronunciation is like saying they got something between their teeth. You have to be really careful with what you say to avoid offending the person. But it's something you have to do to save the person from further embarrassment. I've had friends correct my pronunciation before. I feel embarrassed for a while but it passes and it becomes something we can laugh about after.
  14. Learning on your own can only take you up to a certain extent. You need somebody who knows the language and can tell you if you're doing anything wrong. Like, if you are pronouncing a word wrong - that kind of thing you cannot learn on your own. Also, a teacher, depending on how good they are, will speed up the language learning process.
  15. I voted Japanese because of the languages I know of it's the one that is most fun to write. Though I think runic alphabets also looks great. I'm actually thinking of getting a tattoo written in old english.
  16. A knock knock joke I heard from a tv show: Knock knock Who's there? Broken pencil. Broken pencil who? Never mind it's pointless.
  17. I live in the Philippines and we were colonized by Spain for over 300 years. So there's a heavy influence of Spanish not just in our language but in our culture as well. Knowing a bit of Spanish helps me understand my country's history and language more.
  18. I prefer subs. Where I'm from (the Philippines) local networks are really bad at dubbing. They make the characters sound more cartoonish than they already are. There was even a time when they changed voice actors from female to male in the middle of an anime's run. So they had to make up some lame story that the character was pretending to be female for the first 20 episodes .
  19. For sentences like: If a student receives a perfect score, he or she/they will get a star. Since english doesn't have a third person gender neutral singular pronoun, I find it easier to use 'they' despite it being plural because using 'he or she' just sounds clumsy. What about you? Would you use 'he or she' or 'they' in sentences such as the one above?
  20. Only one book had ever made me cry, and that was A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin. I was crying the entire time I was reading the last chapter. The book was about the experience of a soldier during the first world war, so of course people were going to die. I just never thought the book and the characters in it were going to affect me the way it did,
  21. I wouldn't rely on any kind of machine translation. I've tried google translate a few times and the only thing it did was to make me laugh. I didn't even know bing had a translation service.
  22. I can't remember the first french movie I saw since there are really good french movies released each year. But one of the first I really liked was Cache with Juliette Binoche.
  23. I used to do this. But rather than me doing the research, I subscribed to a website where they e-mail you a new french word a day, it's meaning and a few example sentences. They stopped e-mailing though so maybe it's time for me to do it your way.
  24. I would have loved a name inspired by a dish or food. I know of someone who named their children Macaroni and Spaghetti. While I think that's cool, I'd choose something less weird for myself like Sage or Basil.
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