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  • English is my first language. I don't speak any others.

    42 27.10%
  • English is my first language, but I speak others too.

    43 27.74%
  • English is not my first language. My first language is ______.

    70 45.16%
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    First german, learning english (canadian), since i am married to one.
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    My first language is Tagalog, but I can Speak Japanese and Spanish

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    English 1st, then I can speak Afrikaans, and a tiny bit of Zulu.

    Can swear also in Italian & Portuguese.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rax
    Notice how the ESL people have better English grammar and spelling capabilities than native speakers.
    What does ESL people exactly mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msiruit
    Hey man, the Dutch education system is one of the top in the world!....I am Dutch too BTW
    You just can be happy with it.

    Off Topic:

    The German education system is really bad. We have to learn for the next examination or just for our teachers. But not for life respectively our work in a company. Itīs much pressure and stress.
    At this moment I have to go to a vocational school for media stuff with focus on non print. But the teachers donīt have any idea on new web techniques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oerdec
    You just can be happy with it.
    I am happy with it! I feel extremely smart
    (whether I am is another story )
    Maarten

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    1st is portuguese, 2nd is english, 3rd is spanish and i know a tiny bit of french too.. ;p
    oi!

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    Nope! Tagalog here.
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    that would be Russian..
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    Quote Originally Posted by oerdec
    What does ESL people exactly mean?
    English as a Second Language.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rax
    Notice how the ESL people have better English grammar and spelling capabilities than native speakers.

    true, true...
    oi!

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    I don't think that's fair. I only speak English and I write very eloquently thank you very much! I feel I ought to be offended...


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    If English isn't your native language then you're likely to be much more on the lookout for small spelling or grammar mistakes in your posts, probably because you instinctively don't want to look stupid !

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    Its quite funny how like 75% of people ive met can speak english, regardless of their nationality but few english speakers care to learn another language properly.

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    It's not that we don't care, it's that we find it so difficult. Non-native english speakers often are brought up in the mother-tongue but are forced to learn english because of location or schooling. We are not on the otherhand. We can learn it in school, with not too large an emphasis on it. When you are not in an atmosphere were the language spoken is not the one you are learning, it is very difficult to learn successfully.

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    Yeah I think it makes sense English speaking people don't learn other languages. You can get away with it a lot of places. If English is your first language, and you want to learn another I would recommend Spanish because that is also one of the most spoken languages. If you know those 2 you can get around just about anywhere.
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    Yeh - combination of factors.

    1) Languages are hard to learn and our education systems simply don't start kids young enough (in the UK and US anyway - I'm guessing the same is true of Australia and New Zealand - notable exception is Canada, but Canada kinda has two languages so that's different).

    2) Not being arrogant, but we don't need to! The International language of science, business, anything you might shake a stick at is English! Personally, if I did a lot of business with a particular country then I would make an effort to learn that language - but I don't. In fact I work with people pretty much across the globe every day in my role in global product development for the company I work for, and they all speak English. And there's no way I could learn all their languages - there's too many!


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    Spanish is my first language. English is my second language (excelent reading, excelent speaking, medium writing) and i'm trying to learn french and the good old latin
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    Unfortunately I speak Ull which is OK when I am up north in Kingston UponHull but its a pain in London. Oficially its an accent but anyone who has heard it would tell you its a language!!!

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    Hey, if you're in London and you need a translator I can help. I used to live in Kingston Upon Hull myself many years ago. Think I can remember enough of my Ull to provide basic translations...

    "That's bUUURger.... I know it sounds like the Austrian racing driver, but trust me..."


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    I like gerrin erm to ull, an gerrin on rerd to bee-aich-ess!!

    I mainly have trouble when I have been to visit Hull. It wears off after a week or so.

    I never realised until recently that my parents and friends up there have such northern accents

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    hehe! Good ol' BHS...


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