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Posted 8/19/08 , edited 8/22/08
well i just can't seem to know why English is really important.Once i saw my Favourite singer win an award and as he spoke in English , the hosts were kind of making a fool of him. For example the guys in Super Junior i love them to the max , their songs are nice and once they speak in English they turn really funny...They try to make learning funny be doing stuff if you can understand what i mean..

.i am not degrading those who can't speak English or those who cant pronounce the worlds properly. . . Be it in English or Some other language. Cause i myself till now can't master my mandarin . What i actually wanted to ask is that if English was really important . For one, i know learning a new language is hard, cause i have went for language courses ,for years now . My dad is a French and my mum an Indian Muslim which indeed requires me to learn a few different languages to communicate with relatives from both sides. it is not a matter of speaking fluently it is the matter of not looking down on those people . . Cause i have seen people looking down on Asian's who can't understand English and look down on them..
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Posted 8/19/08
yah i guess, for some countries, speaking english is very hard...
Filipinos, like me, are quite lucky to have learnt this language long ago...
i cant say that we're really good but at least, we could speak and
understand the language exceptionally well...dunno 'bout the other countries...
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Yes.
If it's not your mother language, definitely yes.

1. The way that the words are stressed are completely different, so Asians tend to stress different sounds and words.

2. A lot of sounds in English are not in Asian languages and vice-versa.

3. The grammar's different.

For example, in Chinese, there's the "four-sound" system that English-speakers tend to combine into one sound. Meanwhile, in English, there are the "th" and "v" sounds that foreign speakers can't seem to pronounce.
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Posted 8/19/08
English is hard if you have to learn when it's your second-third-fourth-etc language. It's really slang-y, and the sentence structure is weird.
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Posted 8/19/08 , edited 8/19/08

misspsycho wrote:

yah i guess, for some countries, speaking english is very hard...
Filipinos, like me, are quite lucky to have learnt this language long ago...
i cant say that we're really good but at least, we could speak and
understand the language exceptionally well...dunno 'bout the other countries...


I totally agree...Filipinos like me are very fortunate to grow up speaking the English language. I can say that a person can never survive in the Philippines without learning a few English sentences. I have a Korean friend and he was really impressed by the way we speak the language and the fact that we use it in writing.

hahahahahahaha!

If ever, I never learned to speak the language...surely, I will find it very hard! there's a lot of rules in constructing a sentence! hahahahaha until now, sometimes, I do make a lot of mistakes.


To all who are still starting to learn English..Good Luck! and God Bless! AJA!!!
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Posted 8/19/08 , edited 8/19/08
English is not my mother language and i should said that it's quiet hard to learn it... (i had the chance to learn it really young so...). I think that their is not any language that is easy to learn ! And even when you know quiet well a language the prononciation and accents is really hard to gain !

(has you can probably see my english is so far from perfect ! lol)
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Posted 8/19/08

greeniie27 wrote:

well i just can't seem to know why many actors and singers in Korea or even Taiwan actors cant seem to speak properly in english once i saw my Favourite singer win an award and he just made a fool of himself by just speaking in English ....>for example the guys in Super Junior i love them to the max , their songs are nice and all but once they speak in English they turn really funny...


First of all, your english is really bad.

South Korea, Japan, Taiwan are developed countries, so people don't need to speak english fluently, just basic is enough for them, Actually, they don't even need to speak english.

Even the celebrities and most of the people from Europe can't even speak English.





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Posted 8/19/08
If it's not introduced to you as early as your young or between the age of 10-18 then its hard..
but for the likes of filipinos it's easy coz it was introduced to us upon entering elementary school..

i have a question though wich is harder to study Korean Language or Japanese Language?
Posted 8/19/08

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greeniie27 wrote:

well i just can't seem to know why many actors and singers in Korea or even Taiwan actors cant seem to speak properly in english once i saw my Favourite singer win an award and he just made a fool of himself by just speaking in English ....>for example the guys in Super Junior i love them to the max , their songs are nice and all but once they speak in English they turn really funny...


First of all, your english is really bad.

South Korea, Japan, Taiwan are developed countries, so people don't need to speak english fluently, just basic is enough for them, Actually, they don't even need to speak english.

Even the celebrities and most of the people from Europe can't even speak English.







know what? i reviewed her statement and i don't think that her english is very bad, save from the thread's title (which is quite, nvm)..
her grammar is almost perfect--the only mistakes are her punctuation marks which i think are quite intentional like the: "dont", "cant" and periods and commas..but other than that her grammar is pretty okay..i'm not saying it's perfect, though but look again, and the only things missing are the punctuation marks, apostrophes and hmmm..guess that's it...

and for your 2nd paragraph...yeah, s.korea, japan and taiwan are developed countries but this is now a globalizing world. even super-developed countries like them needs to learn the universal language, which is english, to compete in this ever-growing capitalist global economy..in our country, the Philippines, there are A LOT of koreans, japanese and chinese students and even professionals who reside her just to learn ENGLISH..they enroll in universities just to learn that..whew! (as of now, i have many korean friends who are in dire need to learn because they say that to have a good career in korea, they need TO BE FLUENT in English..

for your third paragraph/statement.........that's a trivia....hehe..thanks for saying..
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Posted 8/19/08
It's not because everybody have to speak english that is easy.
I think that it's been few years since the fact of speaking fluent english became a need in asian country like china, japan or korea. Even in Europe, it's really recent. So i understand that's many asian people don't speak english.
They are like everybody, they working so hard to learn well lol
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In my own opinion, it would be better if people from other countries know how to speak english, even only the basic ones. It can help them when they go to other countries and communicate with other people. What if, for example, koreans go to Japan and the koreans don't know how to speak english, how can they communicate with the japanese if they don't even know how to speak japanese?

And yeah, I have a few korean and japanese friends too who studied in the same university with me before, they came here not just to study english but other courses that are being taught in english.
Posted 8/19/08
no ~ it is a policy in our school
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I do believe English is going to be the Universal language. But I don't necessarily think it needs to be properly spoken as long as the point of the idea gets across.

Many countries allow children to start learning the English language as early as elementary school. I think depending if you want to learn and how long you learn the language depends on how fluent you become. Also if you are around non-English speakers it becomes harder to learn the language because you aren't forced to learn it. And not using it on a daily basis stagnates your ability to process it and speak it with ease.

I'm learning Japanese but as long as I don't have anyone to talk to, my Japanese will always be 3rd rate because it's not practiced on a daily basis. Books, videos and audio tapes can only teach you so much.

Even us English speaking countries have to relearn English when going to other English speaking countries because our English pronunciation and vocabulary are different.

I give kudos to all of those who are learning a foreign language including English. Relating and understanding everyday words and words to get by can be tiresome. As long as you keep it up, it'll be worthwhile!!
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well, i think that if it's not your native tongue or at least your second language
it's definitely hard to learn and speak it fluently.

just imagine you learning a diff language and trying to sing it and speak
it fluently. it's not like you can get it down within just a couple tries.
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Posted 8/19/08
The only thing tho.... i just think the best teacher is experience. I dont you would learn english in school as fast as learning it from people.
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