Do you think some people join myLot to improve their English?

@mslena75 (562)
United States
March 3, 2010 2:18am CST
I notice that there are people on myLot from many different countries and cultures. I do like being able to learn about how others live, but I have to admit that I find many discussions that are posted are hard to read/follow when it is obvious that English is not that person's primary language. I have gotten to the point where I will actually skip the discussion if the language is broken up too badly. I'm not trying to be rude, just honest. What do you think?
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• Canada
3 Mar 10
Hello Mslena, Well it doesnt bother me if its good English or not. I pride myself at being able to understand it even though its not as good as it should be. I give credit to those people who can surpass the language barrier and join this community of people from all over the world, here to share, learn and exchange. We're told this in the FAQ when we join. So I was expecting it. I didnt know such a place existed before and I reply to any post I find interesting and language sure wont stop me from answering lol.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
3 Mar 10
Hello again MagicalBubbles! Well said my friend! Like I said on another discussion I was astounded to discover that someone had taken the trouble to add a comment on one of my discussions even though it took them half an hour to type a couple of sentences out. I find that both amazing and outstanding at the same time. This site (I am sure) is designed to help and encourage people to "open up" and communicate, no matter how hard or easy that may be to some. We take it for granted that English is the ONE language used on this site and is open to all so it's no great surprise to me that not everyone can type in English that well. We gotta give them a chance is my view and the more people that contribute in a positive manner, the better. If we scare them off by saying their English is rubbish, off they will go to another site. I think that's very sad. I've learned a lot about the different cultures whilst I have been on MyLot. If we all came from the same country how boring would that be?
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• Canada
4 Mar 10
Yup, sure would be boring Janey!! I feel the same and Ive learned a lot since Ive been here. Im really happy I found this site. Thanks!!
• India
3 Mar 10
No in my lot my dear friend we are here to learn more thing than the English improve we are very much advance and experience in my lot. S we are here not improve English but to increase our skill.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I was not asking at all if you were experienced in using myLot. This is a perfect example, your English is very broken.
• Indonesia
3 Mar 10
mslena75, I have bad English language, I happy join in mylot. I can improve step by step my English language
@machivado (529)
• Indonesia
3 Mar 10
Well, at least they have tried. After all, the point in communication is to be able to send through the message or behavior. It can't be helped, they have to learn it properly, because I have seen some bad English even though they have posted a lot.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I agree. I know many people who are horrible with both speaking and writing, and it IS their native tongue!
@marianna45 (1400)
• Romania
3 Mar 10
I have seen here a lot of discussion about those for whom English is not their mother tongue. I begin to think that it is indeed a problem for those whose mother tongue is English. You do not know what lucky are people for whom English is native language, because living, they sit at the computer, and let the idea sit on the computer keys, is extremely hard for us who are trying to do before, as even if we have good ideas and original, we first need to translate, try to make as few mistakes in grammar, spelling, often miss the idea in an attempt to translate as well. On the other hand, I think, that is a sign of respect and appreciation for those whose language we are trying to learn, I want people to try to learn my mother tongue, and I will try to help as I can, without it criticizes. It is true, one reason for coming here is to make a kind of "conversation", in writing, it helps me enormously to improve my English, I learned that one alone, without a teacher, step by step. I have around me 3 dictionaries, and every discussion open to at least 3.4 times, to look for a new word, or declining to grammar, then work a few times more than do those for whom English is native language . The idea is that I am sure that many times, those who speak English, are very many errors in spelling, because not all people have the same degree in education, from this point of view, I am lucky not notice their mistakes , and I think everyone equal. So, in my view, is a important effort that we make in Mylot, those for whom English is not their mother tongue. All my respect for them. And I'm very honest.
3 Mar 10
Hi Marianna, I admire you for your spirit. I agree with you. Everyone is equal. For the people whose native language are not English, it's not easy for them to write the perfect sentences. Anyone has the right reading or skipping the postes which they don't like. But they haven't the right to critize those people who English are not good.
@frissph (130)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
I agree that it's very hard to respond appropriately to a topic where you aren't even sure what the topic creator was trying to get across. I honestly think no one would join this site just to improve the language. There are other places over the net to do that. The primary focus of people here would probably be in the earnings they could potentially make and that i think is where the problem lies. They'd rather be able to contribute albeit being unable to fully understand or be understood so it doesn't really help anybody
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
I'm also having a hard time to write a good English because sometimes I had a poor grammar. English is not my first language but here in our country majority of us can understand and know how to speak English. I learned English from Elementary up to College but still I'm still struggling. Sometimes I wish I'm also fluent in English but I'm not that's why I'm feel envy to some people who can speak English better.
@wishuluck (233)
• Lithuania
3 Mar 10
Hello mslena75 :) well English is not my primary language but I'm not here to improve it. I've been studying English since I was 7 years old, I finished university where I had all the subjects held in English and I spent 4 summers working in UK, so I believe that my English is not that bad at all. At least for a foreigner. Maybe my grammer is not that good, but i believe others can understand what i'm talking about it. I noticed some discussions that i couldn't follow, but i think it's good for others to have a chance to improve their English knowledge. And i don't think that you are rude. It's your choice which discussions to read and answer and which not. Good luck :)
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
That is excellent. I think one thing other countries have on the USA is that they make sure that their citizens are fluent in at least one other language. I wish that was the way of life here. And for what it's worth, from reading your post, I think your English is very good. I would never guess it was not your native tongue.
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
i guess some are while others are for extra income while some are for both just like me, at first i came here to earn extra income then i realize that its also good thing to improve my english as i need to practice my english in terms of written. theres some words that is just common to me but when i type it here i dont even ge the correct spelling. and so little by little im trying to do good in english.
@mslena75 (562)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Thank you for not being offended. I do think this could be a valuable tool for those wanting to improve their skills in English.
@Tresaqwe (376)
• United States
19 Aug 10
I do not believe that some people join this website so that they can improve their english, I do believe that some people who join here can definitely improve on their english, though. Most people here do join myLot to make money though, some from very different countries. There are a lot of people on here from India, I have noticed, and a lot from Ireland as well. :] It's cool seeing how different cultures can mix. I have gotten to the problem of getting to discussions where I can not read the replies, but I still attempt to answer them anyway! Hahaha. Money is money, and if you can kind of understand what they are saying, why pass up the opportunity to make more of it?
• Philippines
18 Aug 10
I think everybody who joins myLot has their own reasons why. I have encountered one member who wrote that he joined myLot to improve his english. Some to learn many things. Some to extend his knowledge to fellow Mylotters. Some to earn extra money and others would love to enjoy writing, socializing and interacting wit many different kinds of people that has different views in life and walk in different paths. Some to have fun and ease boredom. I think it really depends on the person who joins here.
@KrauseHome (33249)
• United States
18 Aug 10
Personally, I am sure there are many people here who have joined myLot in the hopes of being able to speak and talk English better. Since English has always been the acceptable international language and only thing allowed to be spoken here, why should this not be a great place to practice? And hey, anything that helps improve your Writing and speaking skills may not be too bad for a possible future Job aspect of things as well.
@dorannmwin (36654)
• United States
20 May 10
I do believe that there are a lot of people that are using MyLot as an arena to improve their English and I actually commend these people for that. I myself don't skip the discussion that non-English speakers have written unless there is no way that I can make sense out of what they are trying to say (and this doesn't happen very often.) When someone is making the effort to learn a new language, I think that the best thing that I can do for these people is to be supportive of their efforts.
@sheetalnr (543)
• India
12 Apr 10
Probably....it's true. But then it's only when you try, you learn. Yes it maybe a little difficult to follow certain discussions, but then if i understand the meaning/essence of the discussion....then i don't mind the language so much.
• Bangladesh
29 Mar 10
Yes my friend, I've also noticed this case. The community on myLot has been formed with a large number or people almost all over the world with different types and cultures. So, it's not possible for everyone to be expert in English. Many may feel bothered reading discussions written in very poor English and illegible sentence structure. But I'm a very patient person by the grace of Almighty and Omnipotent Allah. I take the pain of trying to get the meaning of their incomprehensible postings and make attempts to advise them to correct their faults. Because I believe that none is born genius. If I can help someone to be one, isn't he/she going to be a friend of mine? Have a great day.
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
Well, my cousin introduces me on this site to earn. But lately it's not my reason anymore. I now love it, because I want to be heard and make some friends and also it does help improve my English too. I also found out that people here mostly are open-minded. Thanks mslena for this post, I got to be heard and express what I felt. Have a nice day!
@aauecon06 (205)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
Yeah, at times I cannot understand it but then again, lets not forget the fact they English is not their major language and they have their own. For some who have not included speaking english in their curriculum when they are schooling it is really hard for them to write fluently in english and mylot can help them to practice through their discussions. :)
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
29 Mar 10
well, i am a foreigner then, i notice carefully with what other my lotters write in here to improve my english, and my lot helps me much. i am sorry if you can't get what i said, but i am trying hard to make everyone know what i am meaning.
@atv818 (1988)
• United Arab Emirates
28 Mar 10
Regardless of the reason for joining, whether to improve your English, to gain knowledge, to socialize or for any other reason, MyLot is paying you to do those stuff. Isn't that great?! That is the reason even if my computer is not cooperating with me for being so sloooow, I just keep on MyLotting and so should you.
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
27 Mar 10
I understand your opinion, many myLot members who use the translation, to responded and create discussion. because they can not use the English language.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
21 Mar 10
I have read some posts here in Mylot where the poster certainly needed all the help with their English/grammar that they could get. Sometimes, reading some of their posts is like trying to decipher some sort of coded message or something. LOL I will usually skip the discussion myself if I start to realize that it is getting too hard to figure out what the person is trying to say or ask?
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
Actually, that is my secondary reason why I joined Mylot, to learn more about grammar and sentence pattern. I like to read discussion from the members that comes from a country were they use English as their primary language. They are the ones I first invited to be my friend here in Mylot. I want to learn about English. I can say I have a little knowledge before but now I think I learn more. And I know somehow my English were improved because of mylot.