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Posted 4/3/14
If English is not the person's first language, I'm pretty lenient and patient with errors. Now if someone is just trying way too hard to sound smart by using words they don't even know how to use properly, then I get a little annoyed. Yes, even if that person's first language is not English.

People whose first and only language is English yet cannot speak or write it correctly to pass a 3rd grade English exam in MY country (Philippines) should really be smacked upside the head... with a chair! Hopefully that fixes them.. Even just a little bit.
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Posted 4/3/14

Phersu wrote:

How does hearing the English language being cruelly maimed feel to you? Do you dislike Engrish? Do you use it? Why?






Magical-Soul wrote:

Who speaks proper English anymore? We are kinda just pronouncing the words(terribly) and assigning what we think they mean.

Grammar Nazis would cry a river if they knew how "Knife" was actually pronounced.



The English language is hard for people to learn in the first place because it has a mix of : French, German, Latin, Greek and other languages when it comes to grammar, phonetics, and spelling. Also, I changes and adapts all the time. The Great Vowel shift didn't help the language phonetically for the most part.

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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14
English isn't my first language and I grew up in a poor part of the city I guess you could call it a ghetto so my English is pretty bad, but I'm pretty good with typing
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Posted 4/3/14
As long as I could understand what they're trying to say then I don't care.
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Posted 4/3/14
i can speak english normally,but i like to use/heared engrish when i/others sing japanese song[those that got some english lyrics on it],dont know why,it sounds better that way....lol.and i dont care they sound weird,as long as i can understand it.
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Posted 4/3/14 , edited 4/3/14
I'm one of those terrible people who think Engrish is the funniest thing ever, buut only in things like anime and on business-y signs (because they should know what their doing and could get someone who knows English well)

When I meet people who are learning English as a second (or third, fourth, etc.) language, however, it's understandable and I try to help out as much as I can ^-^
Posted 4/3/14
I usually talk/type pretty decent. I don't like slang that much.
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Posted 4/4/14

Anamalous wrote:


Phersu wrote:

How does hearing the English language being cruelly maimed feel to you? Do you dislike Engrish? Do you use it? Why?



ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS FUCK PROPER GRAMMAR SKILLS

as long as your understood and people know what your talking about at/or/of the present time/and/generation without misinterpretation

THEN IT DOESN'T FUCKING MATTER


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Posted 4/4/14
Even if English is your first language, many people still end up botching some part of it based on where you live and what influence you have. As for me, my grammar is not quite up to par, so it doesn't both me much in normal conversation as long as what is said can be understood. When it comes to slang, I've really never heard it in any serious manner, so I really don't care.
Since it's my first language (and only, I'm a little ignorant in those regards), it doesn't bother me at all because the mistakes people make are all fairly common in this area. Outside of 500 miles, it can start to change, but normally not too much. I feel like it would really be frustrating if you were new to the language, because there are some many different component that could change how something is viewed.
I use it a lot because, well, it's the only thing I can fluently speak. Going to try and learn one or two languages in the next couple years, but for now it's all Engrish.
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Posted 4/4/14 , edited 4/4/14
I don't like it when my language gets raped; I'm more lenient on foreigners, but if you're a native speaker, you better not screw up.
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Posted 4/4/14 , edited 4/4/14
Terr me the rocation of your headquarters. I see you surprise I speak Engrish very werr.

That being said, when you are an infant, you enter a stage called the babbling stage where you produce sounds (phonemes) from different languages around the world. However, you tune into the phonemes that your parents use or the people around you and repeat them to get a response. When you get a response from your parents for using the correct phonemes, you begin to use it more and drop the others.

I don't know about you, but I have not seen the use of 'L' in the Japanese language.
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I will probably offend the majority of the people in this room if I go too deep into my problems with Engrish.

Places like Japan use borrowed foreign words in their language, such wasei-eigo and gairaigo, which is fine because it's the same as what the English language has done in terms of mispronouncing Japanese words such as 'sushi' and 'Tokyo' and many Latin, Germanic, French, etc, words we now have in our dictionary.

However when it comes down to accents, I just think that Japan is so far behind the rest of the world it is unreal, and this is mainly because of their writing and speech systems limiting their practice at complex words, but it is also due to them being quite unwilling to pronounce things the correct way.

I guess this would have the same amount of embarassment of me trying to pronounce accents in Swedish, German, and other languages I would find complicated to pronounce, but then I didn't go out of my way to learn those languages.

If a Chinese, Korean, German, French guy spoke English to you, you would understand just about everything they said, even with a broad accent because they are attempting to properly pronounce the words, whereas a Japanese person would be much more difficult to understand if you, yourself are not trained at hearing the way they would pronounce it. McDonalds being Makudonarudo etc. If I asked a Japanese person where Tokyo train station was in Japanese I would try my best to at least get the pronunciation correct, even if my accent was obviously bad, I wouldn't say "Towkeeoh eki wa doko desu ka?"

As I said, this might offend a couple of people, and it's not really my intention, but from my experience, I've realised that Japan (in general) seems to be horrible at foreign languages, and this is more than proven in their popular media, such as anime, movies, music, etc, where the Engrish is just EVERYWHERE!
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Posted 4/4/14

DirEnGay wrote:
As I said, this might offend a couple of people, and it's not really my intention, but from my experience, I've realised that Japan (in general) seems to be horrible at foreign languages, and this is more than proven in their popular media, such as anime, movies, music, etc, where the Engrish is just EVERYWHERE!


Japanese, as far as I know, is one of the most limited languages in the world in terms of distinct syllables. So when a Japanese native speaker tries to speak a language with a much broader syllable set without years and years of practice, very distinctive accents are sure to result. Plus, there aren't very many foreigners living in Japan, so there isn't as much need to learn any foreign languages as there might be in some countries.
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Aethix0 wrote:


DirEnGay wrote:
As I said, this might offend a couple of people, and it's not really my intention, but from my experience, I've realised that Japan (in general) seems to be horrible at foreign languages, and this is more than proven in their popular media, such as anime, movies, music, etc, where the Engrish is just EVERYWHERE!


Japanese, as far as I know, is one of the most limited languages in the world in terms of distinct syllables. So when a Japanese native speaker tries to speak a language with a much broader syllable set without years and years of practice, very distinctive accents are sure to result. Plus, there aren't very many foreigners living in Japan, so there isn't as much need to learn any foreign languages as there might be in some countries.


The part which confuses me though, is why it's so popular to use foreign words in their music and movies. Almost every anime intro has lines of incorrect English phrases to the point it's just hilariously bad to read/listen to. Why is there nobody over there to correct them? If I were to use a foreign phrase in my creations I'd probably do a little research first.
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Posted 4/4/14
I find it adorable and hilarious.
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