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hoytduff at gmail.com
Sun Dec 19 03:02:22 CET 2010
On 12/18/10, Oliver Burger <oliver.bgr at googlemail.com> wrote:
> telling non-native speakers: "your mastership of English is not good
> enough to write texts differentiated enough to get a point across" is
> just a bit, let's say snobbish, don't you think?
That's not what I said, but your misinterpretation is an excellent
example of what I meant.
If I take the lazy, arrogant approach and apply only my perspective to
understanding a message written by a non-native English speaker,
there is a high probability that I will misunderstand the authentic
message. Often, while the words may be English, the speakers' native
grammar and syntax are intact and can impart meaning opposite of what
was intended. If I'm doing my part, I take that into account.
So what you said is not what I'm telling non-native English speakers.
I'm pointing out the pitfalls awaiting native English speakers trying
to have a meaningful conversation. It just takes a conscientious
effort on both parts to better understand. I appreciate those efforts
to speak English; I barely speak German and Spanish, much less every
other language, and certainly not enough to be conversant on a
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