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The English Language: How do you know it?
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F / Australia
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Posted 7/19/08
My first language and I live in Australia, so I guess I've learnt it all my life. =D
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27 / M / SOS Brigade Clubroom
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Posted 7/19/08
I feel like contributing..

- How do you know English?
Some close family open English course and i knew it from them.

- Where or who did you learn English from?
Mostly by taking English lesson, playing RPG, and forum lurking

- Why do you know English?
Sorry, i don't quite understand this question.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
It's very rare. Only on lesson and in the internet, but internet doesn't count as speak.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Good enough, not perfect. I'm still learning some vocabulary though.

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Not really, just a few

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
No, obviously. I just better than some second language person.

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Academically, very helpful in university test. Socially, not really but it gave me advantages a lot.


Posted 7/20/08
- How do you know English?
I learned the language in some school.

- Where or who did you learn English from?
Teachers.

- Why do you know English?
Because I moved to the US.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
97% of the time.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
After 11 years, I better be coherent. However, I have been told I have an accent by a few people.

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Only when I'm nervous or extremely angry.

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
I think it depends on the person but, generally, no.

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Really helpful when it comes to school.

- Insert something here pertaining to this subject, like funny stories, random facts, etc.
When I was 5 or 6, my relatives would always ask me to say things in English even though I clearly didn't know those words yet, so I'd say it in Chinese with a different tone.
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24 / M / Los Angeles
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Posted 7/20/08

- How do you know English?
lol, I meet him at park
- Where or who did you learn English from?
my sensei, I'm train to be next karate kids
- Why do you know English?
BECAUSE I AM A TRAINING TO BE A STRONG
- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
I take the vow of the silence, so i only speak it when i alone
- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
I am a berry good time!
- How badly do you butcher the words?
The butcher is butcher MEAT at the deli -__-
- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
idk, i thought English came from England
- How helpful has the English language been to you?
It bring me good fortune many time long time too
- Insert something here pertaining to this subject, like funny stories, random facts, etc.
I'm kidding.
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30 / M / Cebu City, PH
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Posted 7/20/08
Questions:
- How do you know English?
It's everywhere in my country, the Philippines!
- Where or who did you learn English from?
My parents, school, friends, the media, etc.
- Why do you know English?
I don't know, it's just that it's part of daily life.
- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
Couple of times a day. I speak it often with my friends and at school.
- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
I think I'm good enough in terms of pronunciation and grammar. I'm now trying to emulate the British accent.
- How badly do you butcher the words?
I do it on purpose for fun.
- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
No. I envy their speed and accent in talking.
- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Everything. It's the embodiment of learning.
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26 / M / take a surmise
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Posted 7/20/08 , edited 7/20/08
- How do you know English?
When i was little, mom always talk to me in english. And i eventually learned more from school.

- Where or who did you learn English from?
My mom and teachers.

- Why do you know English?
Because ive been exposed to it as long as i remember.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
Yep. I like talking in english with other people.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Im pretty coherent with it. You can put me in an english speaking country, and i'd probably manage to survive.

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Only in text messages.

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
Nope. Well, probably in grammar, but the accent has yet to be learned.

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Its been part of my life. Ive been able to communicate with people all over the world because of it.

- Insert something here pertaining to this subject, like funny stories, random facts, etc.
Uhm, i like to chat a lot and i use english when talking with girls xD
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23 / F / escape california
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Posted 7/20/08
-How do you know English?
Its the main spoken language in the states

- Where or who did you learn English from?
Parents, friends, school and pretty much everything i guess

- Why do you know English?

To communicate with everyone!

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
Everyday. I speak it everywhere except places where i have to speak mandarin

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Fluent

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Not a lot

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
ahaha it is my first language but it sucks cause when you try to speak another language you have an english accent and ppl will say that you suck at speaking that language cause of the accent problem if you haven't spoken it a lot

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Very helpful!

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24 / F
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Posted 7/20/08
How do you know English?
~ learned it since i was young.

Where or who did you learn English from?
~ school. had to learn it coz it's the second language of the country.

Why do you know English?
~ coz im a quick learner. lol. im exposed to it. grew up in the philippines and mostly everyone try their best in english. XD gotta make sure i know it as well. lol

How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
~ living in uk now so i use it pretty often. but i dont usually use it with family and fellow filipinos. a bit weird.

How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
~ im quite okay. i survived living in the uk ryt? XD could do a little better but im good enough to run a smoothe conversation.

How badly do you butcher the words?
~ not that bad. XD i stutter a lot and prolly pronounce words differently but its not total butcher. more like slight choppings.

Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
~ erm. some of them... but only written-wise coz in school i seem to do quite better than the ppl who were born here. but orally, am not that confident in talking so they beat me there big time. ^-^

How helpful has the English language been to you?
~ very. english is everywhere, how can it not be helpful? plus migrating to an english speaking country, its extra helpful that i learned it.

Insert something here pertaining to this subject, like funny stories, random facts, etc.
~ er. nothing really interesting to say. choori.
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Posted 7/20/08 , edited 7/20/08
Questions:
- How do you know English?
I learned it in school.

- Where or who did you learn English from?
School, friends and family.

- Why do you know English?
I'm exposed to it. It's a must to know English accdg. to my mom.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
I use it everyday.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Yes, I think I'm coherent enough for people to understand me.

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Not that much.

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
I don't think so. Maybe?

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
It's the universal language.Helps me understand subtitles in animes, help me understand books(written in English) etc.
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21 / F / sumwhere
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Posted 7/20/08
- How do you know English?
it's the second language of my country...

- Where or who did you learn English from?
school...and some other peeple..

- Why do you know English?
because i live in America now and i need to talk in english....??

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
everyday...and yes i speak it outside coz i have to

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
choppy!!!... ......i never make sense even with my native language..

- How badly do you butcher the words?
what?....

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
umm no.....

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
very helpful....
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27 / F / singapore
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Posted 7/20/08 , edited 7/20/08
Questions:
- How do you know English?
It's the first language in Singapore.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
Come from a Chinese speaking family but I use English half the time as well. Usually people here talk to their friends in English.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Coherent because i know it all my life BUT MY VOCAB SUCKS. Like, I need to look up the dictionary for catatonic. (Ok, not really a good example. Anyway I'm just saying my vocab sucks for someone who has learnt it throughout the years. Think cause I stopped reading when I was in primary sch. Used to be a bookworm.)

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Nope not at all.

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
Didn't think so but saw some Americans online with a really bad command of English (or more accurately, the spelling). Maybe they typed that on purpose though.

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
It makes me like languages. I hate Chinese!! (Strings of characters make me dizzy. Japanese applies as well but I love it to bits.) *runs off to mug*
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24 / F / In California..
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Posted 7/20/08
- How do you know English?
I learned in school.

- Where or who did you learn English from?
I learned it in elementary, taught by my teacher.

- Why do you know English?
I'm guessing because I'm born and raise in the US. It would be kind of strange for me to not know it.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
I speak it to whoever knows it, but at home I speak in cantonese to my parents and relatives.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Getting choppy lately...Since its summer and all..I don't go out a lot, the only time i get to use english is when i'm in school, with friends, or when i'm with my cousins..

- How badly do you butcher the words?
Some time my tongue slips...I rarely talk, only when i'm with friends, so i guess that kind of ruined my english. And plus I'm like addicted to dramas, anime, and asian music so that ruins it more...lool

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
eehh no. I speak english more than i speak cantonese. So my english is pretty much the same as any American...I guess. lool

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Very.
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- How do you know English?
Known it since I was 6? My third language.
- Where or who did you learn English from?
My dad, grandparents, and school.
- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
Most of the time, but also speak my other languages. Yes, I also speak it outside unfortunately.
- How badly do you butcher the words?
Only when I'm trying to find the right words to say.
- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
No.
- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Very helpful.
- Insert something here pertaining to this subject, like funny stories, random facts, etc.
My cousins used to laugh at me when I tried to talk in English. The words would turn out to be Tagalog [Filipino] and Chinese. =]
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25 / M / Texas
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Posted 7/20/08
- How do you know English?
I learned it when I moved to the US for the first time when I was three.

- Where or who did you learn English from?
From my teachers in elementary school in the US and bilingual schools in Colombia.

- Why do you know English?
Because it is extremely useful as a universal languange and I am living in the US again.

- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
Every day and yes since I am living in the US again.

- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
Good exept for having an accent.

- How badly do you butcher the words?
A little more than a native speaker, but not much more, unless Im nervous.

- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
Reading, writing, and understanding the same, speaking no.

- How helpful has the English language been to you?
Extremely so.
Posted 7/20/08
- How do you know English?
i learned English during the first 3 months of kindergarten.
- Where or who did you learn English from?
i learned English in school with my teacher.
- Why do you know English?
i know English beacause i want to get ahead in life so i can be successful in life.
- How often do you speak English? Do you speak it outside?
i speak it ina daily baisis, and yes i do speak it outside beacause if i dont and i speak spanish then people think im talking about them.
- How good do you think you are at speaking English? Are you coherent or choppy?
i think i speak English fluently. i speak English complete without an accent. i am coherent
- How badly do you butcher the words?
i mostly never butcher words. giving deep thought to the question i dont think i butcher words unless im typing quickly.
- Do you think that you are better in English than the ones (Americans) who had it as their first language?
i personaly think i do. i think that because people who have English as their first language get use to talking it and they just get tired and decide to "butcher the words"
- How helpful has the English language been to you?
it has helped me in school and a regular life basis idea.
- Insert something here pertaining to this subject, like funny stories, random facts, etc.
i dont have many funny experiences
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