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11. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting angela_

Icelandic doesn't really have a different writing system, we just have a few extra letters.

Sure LOOKS a lot different with all those "funny looking" marks above the vowels

12. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

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.

I dont know if i speak with an accent or not but i find that people from other countries sometimes find it hard to understand what i'm saying even though i was speaking in English. I don't have this problem with my countrymen so i thought it would be great, even though impossible, if we all speak with an universal accent. I'm not sure if im making any sense here and oh..can anyone tell me if it is easy to learn sign language?

13. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared 虫的傳人

Quoting isadora

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.

I dont know if i speak with an accent or not but i find that people from other countries sometimes find it hard to understand what i'm saying even though i was speaking in English. I don't have this problem with my countrymen so i thought it would be great, even though impossible, if we all speak with an universal accent. I'm not sure if im making any sense here and oh..can anyone tell me if it is easy to learn sign language?

Now that's something I can relate to. I know just what you mean about others having sometimes hard time understanding you, and yet talking in English to people from own country, they can understand you perfectly. Universal accent would help a lot, but wouldnt we get bored, if everything sounded the same? ;)

Thank you for your compliments about us, non-native English speakers, who are trying their best ;)

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared ????

I'm not sure if im making any sense here and oh..can anyone tell me if it is easy to learn sign language?

Sign language is really not hard to learn. In the begining, you just spell out most of the words you are trying to say so it takes longer to get your point across. But, after a little practice with the basics, you then start to learn the signs for phrases, which shortens the conversation time by quite a bit. There is no accent (per se) and your tongue doesn't have to try to wrap itself around pronounciations that are not part of your own language. There are some differences between countries with the signs for phrases - but it is a great universal language across all borders. (Start those finger exercises Jared!)

15. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

It's extra time!! nevermind...

I only know the middle-finger handsign, which i think is pretty understood everywhere in the world..Thanks for the input, Isa. I will try to find out more.

16. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Thanks TRAVEL100, always nice to hear. My english is only improving after the first word I typed on TP.

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared ????

It's extra time!! nevermind...

I only know the middle-finger handsign, which i think is pretty understood everywhere in the world..Thanks for the input, Isa. I will try to find out more.

Well, that's a start! I can teach you a few more that you wont find in any books or classes...

18. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting Miska

GregW- it's me who plans to improve my English in Toronto this summer.

Actually, I knew of someone else. Looks like Toronto will be full of English students this summer!

19. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting angela_

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.

Hi Angela,

As previously mentioned, proportionately there isn't all that many TPers from Iceland Angela, so you are not really an endangered species when it comes to using English as a language on this site.

Cheers
Wocca

20. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared 虫的傳人

can anyone tell me if it is easy to learn sign language?

I have been trying to learn it for sometime but it would be easier if you could practice it with someone else. I learn a sentence and since I dont use it, it is gone by the end of the week. According to the drs., my husband will be hearing impaired in his 40s. Right now he has 90% loss in one ear and 70% loss in the other. The only operation that could have helped him (experimental) was not available for his type of loss. Meanwhile, he refuses to learn it and I cant force him to do it either.

On the other hand, thanks for this thread Jeff. I was lucky enough to move to the States at an early age so I learned it a bit more quickly than others that come as more mature adults. I did find English to be an easy language to learn, except the Americanisms...you know, "there is a saying here in America....". I think I have them all by now .

I am always so impressed with how many Asians are able to communicate so well in TP. The biggest reason is that aside from Vietnam (and I am sure some other Asian country), we dont have the same alphabet. I mean, that has to take some skill!!