Speaking correctly

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
October 12, 2007 3:19pm CST
When you speak using English language, do you really use the correct grammar or you just speak as long as the other person understand what you are trying to convey.
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13 responses
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
12 Oct 07
Hello there. I speak perfect English when I am talking to business associates and my students. In front of my business associates, I need to portray professionalism. In front of my students, I need to set a good example for them to follow. When I am talking to my friends, there are times when I will not speak proper English. I come from a multi racial society. We have 4 different races - Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian. All of us here know a bit about each other's language. When we communicate with each other, we sometimes mix English with the other languages.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 07
Oh like 'manglish' (Malay + English)? Good for you. It is always a good idea to learn additional languages apart from our native language. cheers.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
13 Oct 07
LOL. We call it Singlish here. It's a mixture of many languages and chinese dialects. =D
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Good question. It really depends on who I am talking with. If its with my friends then its mostly slang LOL if its with other adults or teachers, parents then I try to speak as well as I can - it may not always be proper grammar but I do try. With my son I speak using easy words so that he understands.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
21 Oct 07
Thats very impressive. Its like you can speak "multilanguage" because you can change the way you speak when you are with different people. Cheers.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
15 Oct 07
English is not also my mother language but though I am happy I can speak english.i don't think i speak with proper grammar and probably never would.I just don't remember all thise grammar I am better in learning new words.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
21 Oct 07
It good that you can speak English when it is not your mother tongue. It doesnt matter if we speak without proper grammar, whats matter is we can communicate to people.
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@curtis62 (30)
• United States
12 Oct 07
That all depends on what group of people you are with at the time. Let's say you are with your friends. Well you would talk normally without worrying about using proper English because everyone would understand you. Now let's say you are talking to a group of businessmen. Then you would be more careful of the words you spoke and how you used them in a sentence.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
12 Oct 07
Yes, when doing business, not only we should speak proper English but we should also dress professionally. Cheers.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
20 Nov 07
when i speak in English i do my best to use the correct grammar and the correct pronunciation. its better to speak that way because by that you can also teach the person you're talking to on the correct way of speaking english (in case she's not very good in English). and then there are other people that might be hearing us. sometimes there are those who would laugh at your grammar and pronunciation so its better to speak correctly to avoid that. its really better if we speak correctly because it would be like practice for everyday use. ^__^
• Philippines
6 Nov 07
In as much as possible I try to speak using the correct grammar. I spent my days learning it from school and i'm not inclined to waste all of it. Of course we do fumble and do speak incorrectly, but it's all about practice - the more you do it, the more you get used to it, and the more you become fluent with it.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
6 Nov 07
It really all depends upon who I am with. If it's an old friend who knows me well, I can speak street grammar and it's good and they understand me. If I am speaking at work or at church, most often I use correct grammar to be understood and better respected for my opinion.
@aissar (414)
• Malaysia
6 Nov 07
I do mind people speaking bad English. It sores my ears. But I don't really get all grumpy about it because its not like people deliberately speak bad English. It just annoys me that they can't improve themselves. Bleargh.
@smoke_gun (1243)
• Malaysia
3 Nov 07
i hope i can speak english with correctly grammar but now the most important is i can let the person that i speaking to understand what do i mean in conversation.People said communication art is not how good in using words or grammar but "heart",i believe it's true with my own experience when i make deal with foreign businessman.
@asolero (152)
• Philippines
2 Nov 07
Talking and Speaking correctly with most sensible thoughts and with your words arranged properly, shows excellence in your part... I agree to talk and speak grammatically correct. This I think is the most appropriate way of talking and speaking a certain language, may it be English,French, Latin , Spanish, etc.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
30 Oct 07
As there are many different dialects of English, I try to choose the one most appropriate to where I am and the people with whom I'm speaking. If I'm to give a speech of any kind, then I would try to use perfect English, but when hanging out with friends, I would talk the way they talk. When I talk with my sister-in-law who lives in the South, I fall into a bit of a Southern accent, or "drawl" as we call it, but I would not use that if speaking with Northerners. It gets confusing if I am in a three way conversation with my brother who still talks like a Northerner and his wife, because I would be using 2 different accents in the same conversation. I know people who are so comfortable in 2 or 3 languages that they can switch back and forth easily, but I sure cannot! Here on myLot I know that my natural language seems a bit too stuffy, so I try to tone it down a bit and speak more colloquially, but that is hard for me because what can I say, I love "big words."
@saibunny (84)
• India
30 Oct 07
We should always speak corret English language anywhere, by speaking only the other people will get impressed on us.
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
29 Oct 07
I think I speak just speak and trying to use correct grammar, but sometimes not necessary, because if I think about the correct grammar to details, I suddenly can't speak and share my opinion LOL. Since English is not our mother tounge, so I think I try to use simple english grammar so I can avoid from mistakes, and if I did some mistakes, the foreigners usually understand what I mean and try to correct it :)