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Writing is the most difficult part for me
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I'm decent I suppose, though extremely out of practice. It's been years since I tried spinning the pool balls..

wait, no..

I'm decent I suppose, though honestly better at other languages, like C++, Lua, and Python..

wait, no..
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lambofgenesis wrote:


Razor_Girl wrote:

I have a bachelor's degree in English. I also grew up with an English teacher for a mother. I have a broad vocabulary and understand not only the definition of words, or the denotation, but also the connotations of words when they are used in specific circumstances.


Nowadays a BA in English is troll. It's really a BA in Literature than a BA in writing. Journalism is probably closer to it. #BecauseImAnEnglishMajor


Actually, when I earned the degree in 1992, it went by the full name of "English and Communications." We covered journalism for multiple media including radio or TV and periodicals. Back then, the internet was not the media source it is today because they didn't even come out with Mosaic until the following year and it took several more years before HTML and web browsing became common. We also spent time on linguistics, grammar, literature, and writing in various styles from scientific research papers for publication in things like medical journals to short stories, poetry, news articles and editorials.

Additionally, I was the editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper, and a reporter for the elementary school newspaper.
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I'm fine with English. I did well in exams with this. I didn't consider it work in school when I had English. It was something to do for leisure. I do notice that if I don't use some grammar for a while that I can slip up
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I'm pretty fluent, but still catch myself mixing up the vowel placement of certain words. I before E indeed. Never could memorize the sentence structure terms either.
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Razor_Girl wrote:


lambofgenesis wrote:


Razor_Girl wrote:

I have a bachelor's degree in English. I also grew up with an English teacher for a mother. I have a broad vocabulary and understand not only the definition of words, or the denotation, but also the connotations of words when they are used in specific circumstances.


Nowadays a BA in English is troll. It's really a BA in Literature than a BA in writing. Journalism is probably closer to it. #BecauseImAnEnglishMajor


Actually, when I earned the degree in 1992, it went by the full name of "English and Communications." We covered journalism for multiple media including radio or TV and periodicals. Back then, the internet was not the media source it is today because they didn't even come out with Mosaic until the following year and it took several more years before HTML and web browsing became common. We also spent time on linguistics, grammar, literature, and writing in various styles from scientific research papers for publication in things like medical journals to short stories, poetry, news articles and editorials.

Additionally, I was the editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper, and a reporter for the elementary school newspaper.


I guess those were the days.

Now people who sign up to be English majors get trolled af.
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I guess i'm like a 3/5. I speak it well and understand it, im just bad at grammar and since i grew up in a spanish speaking community, it makes it a bit difficult to pronounce new words. I also struggle with the proper use of commas and i dont know much vocabulary so my writing skills is very low level and all over the place.
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I have a C in higher English. It's my native language so I'm about fluent at it. I mess up my grammar sometimes because I talk/type before I think.
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My Finglish is decent. However it doesn't help that my mother language (Finnish) is so different. That's why my grammar is pretty so so. On top of that Finnish wasn't my strongest subject either.
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I'm fine at it, though I have a hard time with enunciation on a few words..
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Sagenaruto68 wrote:

How good are you at English? Like do you know proper definition or grammar or words.


Well, let's see, I'm good with commas (to separate long lists of items, rather than use "or" repeatedly), and often start a sentence with "For example", rather than overuse "Like".
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So many rules, I'll stick to reading it.
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My vocabulary is good, my wit and prose are lacking. I'd say I have a better vocabulary than an average person off the street, but I have difficulty actually putting the words into coherent sentences. It's probably because I don't talk to people much at all.

Academically, there are so many niceties and nuances that studying it, especially when you have a really strict professor, is a real chore.
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It's my first and only language, so I certainly hope that my england be gud!

But seriously... I completely agree with the people on here who have said that sometimes it just makes no sense
It must be such a pain to learn.
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Now people who sign up to be English majors get trolled af.


It's such a funny stereotype, but folks just don't know how good an English degree is. A lot of people (English majors and non-majors alike) have this idea that they can't 'do' anything with an English degree, thinking perhaps that the only thing an English major does is write corny essays on Keats.

I did my BA in English Lit. Anyone who trolls English majors grossly underestimates the value writing, communication, critical thinking, and articulation skills loan to pretty much any career that isn't grunt labor. For example, I'm a cop. My degree has been the difference between being good at my job and being excellent at it. Verbal de-escalation, persuasion, active listening, report writing, being an affiant on warrants, and giving evidence in court are only a few examples of skills that were honed my degree.

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