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Bad English is Bad

Excuse #2: I've learned english from cartoons watching
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Added: 6 years, 10 months ago
 
BunnyHazMat
6 years, 10 months ago
wish i could do the same for japanese =/
FlyingFox
6 years, 10 months ago
no excuse I learned mine from final fantasy 7, and we all know how awful the grammar in there is. :P
mac4kent
6 years, 10 months ago
I am not good english myself also I know sign language very well  and I am full deaf.
Alfador
6 years, 10 months ago
My excuse is that I'm a native speaker who grew up learning proper grammar, so I have a tendency to correct everyone on spelling and grammar. eg. Your sentence should be "I've learned English from watching cartoons.", capitalizing the word "English", transposing "cartoons" and "watching", and putting a period at the end.

I DO go against the grain on certain stylistic conventions. I've never been pedantic about ending a sentence with a preposition, and I have developed a tendency to put punctuation outside quotation marks if it is not part of what's being quoted.

The convention of putting punctuation marks inside is an artifact of the days of hand typesetting, when the small period piece could fall off the printing press if it didn't have the double quotation mark holding it in place. Nowadays, we have an opposite factor: in programming, any extraneous characters inside double quotation marks will be considered as part of the string, even if you didn't mean them to, so delineations of where quotation marks and parentheses begin and end have become more important than punctuation looking pretty or fitting on a printing press.
PeachClover
6 years, 10 months ago
*happy gasp and stands beside his fellow grammar nazi*  ^.^
Zoby
6 years, 10 months ago
Yo igual pero con el japonés XD
Infinityplus1
6 years, 10 months ago
I've probably watched weeks worth of anime, but I still can't understand Japanese.  I still can't understand their language, either.  Hopefully you understand enough English to get the joke.  X3
Reizinho
6 years, 10 months ago
I'm very good at writing and reading English, but... speaking and listening to spoken English is another matter. I just can't.:<
Alfador
6 years, 10 months ago
Oddly, hearing spoken English is sometimes a problem for me. At first I thought it might be a problem with my ears, but I have no difficulty the vast majority of the time... some people just MUMBLE and/or speak when facing away from me, and expect me to have perfect hearing anyway. :P
Reizinho
6 years, 10 months ago
In my case, it's just because my ears are too used with Portuguese.
chiro
6 years, 10 months ago
i learned it from games with english voice and german text XD and some help from friends like curby or tricksta and talking with english ppls ^^
AndyBanez
6 years, 10 months ago
my english used to be VERY bad untill i got on furry fandom..school in my town is way underdeveloped over language teaching

ENGLISH especially!|

i shal thank the Interenet SOLELY if i can express myself ina  apassable english today
Catwheezle
6 years, 10 months ago
There are a number of errors (not capitalising 'I', a couple of typos, etc), but they're the kind of errors that native speakers make all the time, and don't interfere with your legibility: I would not have guessed you were not a native speaker.
AndyBanez
6 years, 10 months ago
wow! this amazes me, even tho other people already told me i sounded like a native to them...well this is partially relieving then  

but yes, i know i make a lot of typos and I often omit capitalized personal pronoun..
Catwheezle
6 years, 10 months ago
If I can understand people without difficulty, I just put things like capitals down to "typing style" rather than "unfamiliarity with English".

I mean, if I thought that, then none of my family would seem like English speakers to me - they all write far worse than you do! :D
AndyBanez
6 years, 10 months ago
wowza! well..style or else, it means this is the so-called "foreigner advantage" which happens everytime a foreigner tries and learns another language: it ends up speaking it way better than its native speakers...dunno why this happens,but it does! (and yes, even with my motherlanguage,Italian: most foreigners/strangers learn it better than italians sometimes)
fluffdance
6 years, 10 months ago
Then you should scream intermittently, tell a slew of bad jokes and puns, and make everyone feel like they're 6 again.  ;-)
KimiKins
6 years, 10 months ago
Me fail english? That's unpossible!
xylene23
6 years, 10 months ago
Me too. And let me tell you, if there were no english cartoons at the time in my country, i wouldn't know how to speak it or to write it. In here, they only teach you very, and i mean VERY basic english; things you would read in those little books that turists carry around.
Killereye
6 years, 10 months ago
Bad English is Bad: In Hungary the best note in school you can get is 5 (Outstanding) followed by 4 (Good) 3 (Medium) 2 (Satisfactory) and the worst is 1 (Unsatisfactory)...

I learned English all by myself, just by listening to Music, that my father played always. Watched the Sesame Street (FTW!) for it's great mood and had a wonderful time counting with the Count and singing the "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 song"...So, when I was going to elementary, I basically understood English perfectly, and only had my first English lesson in college, but by that time, my self taught English was...almost flawless.

It was Knowledge that I had gotten myself, and I was very confident, never really cared if I get a 5 or a 4 to my exams...Never gotten 3,2,1 in English. I thought that getting a 4 or 5 doesn't change my knowledge so I was uninterested to be perfect. Even so I was easily the best at English in my class and in the school too, since I won 3 English competition within the schools walls, and won a regional competition as well...
...So yeah, even if my knowledge wasn't perfect, I had little trouble with English. It's almost as natural for me, as my mother-language.
German on the other hand was a bit harder, since it was taught to me. I was getting 5 and 4, 2 years straight and moved to a group which was advanced...There I struggled to get the 3 note. Even so my German developed to a very good level too. I just need to think harder to get the right words...

Learning a little from other languages, as I roam the internet to this day. I guess I have a talent for it: *dictionary cutiemark appears on smoking hot bottoms* Yup, it's official now! I have a talent for learning other languages! *giggle*
xylene23
6 years, 10 months ago
same exact thing here. same grading system and all. i remenber that i laughed once, cause i was even better than a british friend at english class.
Killereye
6 years, 10 months ago
I had an English teacher once, who was so bad at English, that I solved the lesson without flaw and faster then She. She mixed up the whole thing (connect the right lines in timely order) and I had to explain, why my solution was flawless. My face was so red to being better then the teacher, even if I was right. I kept quiet about future mistakes, and ignored Her whole teachings. I've learned absolutely nothing from Her. Good thing She was teaching for a half of the year only.

My best teachers was a freshly married couple, who were both young and loved to listen to music - the method I learned English. - They were teaching by playing hit songs and making us learn the lyrics and interpret it. The first song was from Aqua - Doctor Jones. They were cool English teachers. The downside were that they both were my Math teachers too, which I was barely 3...lol.
Nymousano
6 years, 10 months ago
" the "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 song"
You mean the one with the ladybugs on a picnic?
Killereye
6 years, 10 months ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBWxX3713gc&feature...
More like th Pinball machine one...It's so lame-sounding today. =XD
Nymousano
6 years, 10 months ago
Oh yeah, that one; funky! ^^ One of the most creative counting movies of the show; much better than most of the shit they bring today... :-/
Nymousano
6 years, 10 months ago
No need to; at least you really try. All in all, your english is quite good IMO. Also, it´s one way I´m working on my english, too! ^^
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