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Old 05-13-2013, 19:59   #1
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You mean you're learning English

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I’m Asian American and was taking a plane back to my university to finish up my PhD in English Literature and teach a composition class. The man sitting next to me asked me why I was flying from the West Coast to the Midwest. I told him I was going to the University of ________.

He asked me why I was going to the university so I told him I teach English.

He says, “You mean you’re learning English.”

“No,” I say. “I’m teaching English.”

“You see,” he replies, “You are confusing the words ‘teach’ and ‘learn.’ You are learning English.”
This reminds me of a story I posted here at GT a few years ago... I went into the bank to cash a check and the teller told me "Mr. Won, your English is excellent."

I was born here...
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:00   #2
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:30   #3
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I was born here...
That doesn't mean you can't be blamed for stealin' our jorbs and making us press '1' for American.
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:33   #4
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I knows English like what be good. Dat is da bomb YO! Sorry I'm from Philly
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:38   #5
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"I was born here..."

That doesn't mean you can speak English properly. Otherwise, I know what you mean.
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:38   #6
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I am still learning English..
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:44   #7
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The one person with the best command of the English ( American-English) language I ever met was a Chinese exchange student at a college course I took. Her understanding of it was amazing. (far better than her classmates)
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:56   #8
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I am still learning English..
I was born here, of mostly British ancestors, and the best English grade I ever got was a B.

I knew a girl born in Daly City who would "lub you long time."

She taught me a "few ting" English... who needs it?

(She also claimed she'd "never had a full house" as Bon Scott put it. But I should have known...)
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Old 05-13-2013, 20:59   #9
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You have learned to type English well.
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Old 05-14-2013, 13:33   #10
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My wife has a PhD in Medieval English Lit. She can and has made the argument that one's English can not be declared correct or incorrect because the modern English has strayed too far from English roots to be fairly evaluated via a factual rubric.

Sure, one can create a modern English rubric and apply that to modern English, but that doesn't make either historically accurate.

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Learn Spanish. Just start rattling it off to people. The looks will make the time learning it a treat.
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I know English, but I'm fluent in Bad English.
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Old 05-14-2013, 13:42   #13
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This reminds me of a story I posted here at GT a few years ago... I went into the bank to cash a check and the teller told me "Mr. Won, your English is excellent."

I was born here...
Oy vey.
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Old 05-14-2013, 13:58   #14
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My father who used to be German (Now Naturalized Citizen) and has been in the US for 31 years enjoys nothing better than correcting the English of "Native Born" colleagues.

In general the foreign-born folks I work with on a daily basis tend to have a much better grasp of written English as well as correct English Grammar.

Old School: Your wife is right on the money. ALL languages change over time. The idea that words like "ain't" are somehow incorrect, when everyone in the entire English speaking world knows them and undertands them, is just plain silly.
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... wife is right on the money. ALL languages change over time. The idea that words like "ain't" are somehow incorrect, when everyone in the entire English speaking world knows them and undertands them, is just plain silly.
Yo ...Whassup wid dat ? ...

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Old 05-14-2013, 14:06   #16
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Old 05-14-2013, 14:25   #17
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Old 05-14-2013, 14:32   #18
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A dear friend was born in Frankfurt to German parents but raised in the U.S. from the age of three. Totally Americanized. You would never know he wasn't born here.

For his masters degree he needed an additional language based credit. He took a literature class that was killing him. It was going to ding his GPA. When I pointed out he could have taken "English as a Second Language" he about died.
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Old 05-14-2013, 14:46   #19
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Unless you are speaking with a southern accent, you may as well be speaking in a foreign language.

I have been around the world. As soon as I speak, people say I am from either SC or TX. I would just say "You don't see horns, do you!?"

Its how I talk, shouldn't you, too!!:

And devildog, I never knew you were of Asian descent. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
That, and that degree you have is probably why you have corrected my math more than once!
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Old 05-14-2013, 14:57   #20
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And devildog, I never knew you were of Asian descent. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
That, and that degree you have is probably why you have corrected my math more than once!
I am--my parents immigrated from Korea--but the story I posted is not mine. That's why the attribution is just "from the internets" and it's in a quote box.

I don't have a PhD in English Lit.
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Old 05-14-2013, 14:59   #21
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Which version of English?

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Whan that Aprille with hise shoures soote. The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour. ... -- G. Chaucer
English author circa 1387A.D. ... (is that really considered "english"? yeap)

I remember learning "that" english in high school.

Been going downhill every since, apparently.
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Old 05-14-2013, 15:20   #22
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I think I may have accidentally mistaken you for another GTer that is a professor. Sorry
All that is kinda ironic in that my nephew just finished a college class with a professor that spoke so poor English that he was replaced mid-semester because no one could understand him(another prof finished up anyway). According to my nephew, the guy was brilliant, but was vastly more fluent in Chinese than anything close to English.

In any case, being Korean doesn't matter whatsoever to me. I had a great friend in college that was(is) as well.
His name was Soo and his sisters name being Jo. Even though I joshed him on it occasionally, I had the highest respect for him-partly because he made better grades and because he could beat the crap out of me if he wanted(he was big and into martial arts). He got me to try some great Korean meals that I have no idea what they were.

In all the times I have read your threads or replies, I just never pictured you as being Korean. Of course, as slow as I am, you could have been female as well!! (ex-It took me a while to figure out Lone Wolfe was a girl.)
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Old 05-14-2013, 15:30   #23
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I am that way when it comes to Spanish. I aced all of my Spanish classes and learned how to speak the proper Spanish, and not all of the slang and incorrect grammar.


My Spanish teacher back in the day used a non-PC way to tell us about it. She said, you guys know the proper verbiage and grammar, so if you went to the run down border town you might have a harder time understanding everything they are saying, just like if you went down to the hood in Harlem you would probably have a difficult time communicating their language as well.
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Old 05-14-2013, 16:16   #24
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Rather than language, perhaps the point is, for some, visual appearance limits perception. Even after being told twice, the guy in the quoted post was unable to escape his stunted ability to understand others outside his limited world view. Same with the teller at the bank.

Gives insight into the human condition.
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Old 05-14-2013, 16:18   #25
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I think I may have accidentally mistaken you for another GTer that is a professor. Sorry
No, you're probably thinking of me--I have a PhD in physics, and am a physics professor

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In all the times I have read your threads or replies, I just never pictured you as being Korean.
I'm not Korean. I'm an American. My parents were from Korea, but they became citizens here before I was born. I was born here. I barely speak Korean, I don't particularly like it over there, and I don't like kimchi.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not offended or anything--I'm just stating a fact. I have yellow skin and slanty eyes but I'm an American.

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