Are you Native Speaker of English?
January 22, 2007 8:27pm CST
I am not a nitive English speaker. but I think I have no problem in speaking standard English, besides some slangs, cause I have been speaking English for quite a longe time. I was wondering how many people who are using Mylot are native English Speakers? Are you one of them?
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23 Jan 07
english is being taught in us here in the philippines from the very first grade up to tertiary level.. sometimes we have it for hours, and yet we cannot master the grammar, the correct usage, the tenses, the vocabulary, and others in that very long span of time.. along the way, we will meet alterations in words.. as far as i could remember, the word 'pronunciation' was once 'pronounciation'.. we used to read 'ounce' as [ownz] and now, its [ounz] just like 'bounce' without letter B.. college professors taught us the correct pronunciation of each word and some formal english.. but til now, i am not fluent in speaking such language and believe me, my written engliush is still better than my oral english.. if you find my english here bad, then my oral english would be worse.. :)
• Hong Kong
23 Jan 07
Well, darckj, I think you are talking about American English and British English by refering "pronunciation" and "pronounciation". As I know English is official language in Philippine. So, you should be without any problem in speaking English. As my experience with my philippine friends, their pronunciation is quite different from British and American English.
23 Jan 07
No, I'm not, but English is my second language. One doesn't have to be a native English speaker to join mylot. A good understanding of the language coupled with a creative writing skill will make one more than qualified to join mylot. Besides, it's the opinion and ability to ask stimulating questions that matter most here. Have a great mylot day!!
• United States
1 Feb 07
I've spoken nothing but English my entire life. I took some German classes in high school, but I never got very good at it. You are doing a wonderful job with your English. There are only a couple of spelling mistakes in your paragraph: It should have been native instead of nitive, and long instead of longe. Here's the way a native would have written your paragraph: I am not a native English speaker, but except for slang, I feel I speak it well. I have been speaking English for a long time. How many people here on mylot are native English speakers? Are you one of them?
27 Jan 07
i'm not a native english. honestly, I'm joining this community to practice my poor english. And they said that you'll get paid for this? I don't know about it, not enough experience..hahaha... wish me luck on my earning while you're learning journey here on mylot.
27 Jan 07
I am not a native English speaker but I don't have any problem with understanding and speaking in English. Here, English is our second language, all the textbooks are written in English. Regarding "slang", I can try, anyway it is being taught in a lot of call centers here.
27 Jan 07
I think the biggest problem is that at English classes they teach you 9 tenses of English yet a native speaker like me will only recognize 3 tenses. Your teacher is more likely to be a non native English speaker and will not be able to speak with any slang or in fact understand slang. I teach Business English as an ESL teacher and most of my classes are with senior management. When I first meet them they cannot understand me unless I speak "Idiot" very slowly. It takes a long time for them to understand a joke which is the fundamentally part of communication in a language. If you spent as much time learning to speak out of monotone as you do trying to learn the 9 tenses you will be 100% better off. To me learning tenses other than past , present and future are a complete waste of time as you are over analyzing the language. Stick to just the 3 tenses and learn to speak out of monotone and you will understand every one. Try telling a joke with excitement in your voice and see the difference it makes to your every day speech. If you want I can help you as I have some very good lessons for learning English very quickly. For instance I teach students that wish to Immigrate to Australia as well and my last student to get his visa achieved a 5 for his IELTS and he only started to learn English 4 months before his test, He had another teacher for the first 3 lessons so he could get the basics then I took him from there. He tells Jokes and he expresses himself very well. To me he is easier to understand than an Non-Native English Professor that I meet with, Her English is just terrible and she is always talking about tenses. Fact is we were never taught tenses at school except for the 3 I have mentioned. I hope this helps you
2 Feb 07
english is not my first language, but i think i speak it very well, why wouldn't i, i've been studying it since first grade and all the tv shows i watch are in english, so it would be a shame if i didn't speak good english, my first language is urdu, and i live in an arabic speaking country so i'm familiar with that as well.