I just wanted to congratulate all the TP members whose first language is not English. It really amazes me that you guys and gals are able to speak your native language, English and sometimes even other languages.
For me, languages are difficult to learn, and I think it's quite an accomplishment that so many of you are able to speak, read & write in English so well! Especially some of you whose native language even has an entirely differnt alphabet or writing system like Chinese, Icelandic, etc..
So once again I just want to say that I am very impressed by you all!
I am also very impressed by non-English speakers grasp of the language. I was talking to one of the members here who is coming up to Toronto this summer, and she is planning on taking an English course. Her written English is so good though, it amazes me that she feels she needs to take the course.
I was just thinking about this today as I was buying a bottle of Coke at one of the stores here in Montreal. The cashier at the store switched effortlessly between English and French. I was thinking to myself, "here I am, college educated professional making probably 5 times what she makes, and I can barely speak my mother tongue of English, let alone any other language."
And then you meet people from Europe, who not only dress impecibly but also speak 100 languages.
There is only one conclusion, Us English speakin' North Americans are dumb.
thank you very much, I enjoy that you think of us! It's really nice!
GregW- it's me who plans to improve my English in Toronto this summer. It's only because I really need it- I don't have selfconfidence when I write in English (maybe I understand a little bit but make a lot of mistakes when I write)
I am another one who is very impressed with the (almost) non-existent language barrier here. It's just been an exciting experience to meet so many new people from so many different countries and still feel like you are talking with the next door neighbor. (Not my neighbor - I don't have one - but somebody's neighbor.) Like Travel100, I have a hard time learning new languages so I admire those who have. As with many other things, the US is behind the times, while other countries require foreign languages be taught as basic curriculum, we can't even incorporate Spanish. Cheers to all of you!!
Miska, we call those writing mistakes typos. You writing skills are great!!!
I just want to say that I am very impressed by you all!
awwwww thank you..
i started with nothin de nada too but guess you can pick up things quickly (eg language) as you grow up plus english widely spoken here in KL cheers
If only there's no such thing such as an accent...
Gee Jared - I've never noticed your accent before... Or anyone else's. Maybe no one on TP speaks with an accent... I know they don't type with one.
Thanks a lot, I'm a tiny bit flattered and Jared I think some accents can be very cute(alright if it's a very strong German-English accent it's not exactly sexy )
Looking forward to many more posts at TP to always improve my English
(Angela and I have agreed not posting in our mother tongue is basically studying English for exams...)
It's great to see TP becoming so cosmopolitan.
Naturally enough, English language sites are quite often dominated by people from English-speaking countries.
I particularly like the idea of other language scripts being added to the site. But once fully up and running, we may lose newer members to forums in languages other than English. Of course, that could take a while to happen though. So for now, we can focus on the present
Thanks a lot for that vote of confidence. I may be a little bit of a cheat because I lived in England from age 5 to 9 so for a while my Icelandic was just as good as my English.
Icelandic doesn't really have a different writing system, we just have a few extra letters.