Reply Sun 13 Mar, 2016 10:38 pm
How to learn English well?
 
dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 14 Mar, 2016 11:27 am
@vivian12154686,
Well, Viv, you've come to the right site. Even after a lifetime in the field of journ, my own responses to the esl are continually left in the cold by one a2k participant or another
selectmytutor
 
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Reply Mon 28 Mar, 2016 04:38 am
@vivian12154686,
You should start reading, listening and watching. These three ways will help you to learn English. Read some English magazines or papers and use a dictionary to understand the difficult words. Watch some videos to catch the correct accent of the language and try to communicate with the person who knows English and don't hesitate be confident.
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saab
 
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Reply Mon 28 Mar, 2016 05:14 am
@dalehileman,
Vivian wants to learn English and then you come up with four shortenings.
A not very polite behavior towards a learner.
Rule one in teaching beginners. Always use correct language.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 28 Mar, 2016 11:10 am
@saab,
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Always use correct language
Saab, disagree. An esl should appreciate exposure to the occasional slang, argot, lingo
saab
 
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Reply Mon 28 Mar, 2016 11:45 am
@dalehileman,
Before you start with slang you have to know the language well.
If you do not know all the nuances in a language you can really run into troubles.
saab
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 01:22 am
@saab,
By the way schortenings are not slang.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 10:02 am
@saab,
Quote:
four shortenings
Clever'n

Quote:
Rule one...Always....Always correct...
Rule 2: Well, not always

Quote:
schortenings are not slang
Indeed. Problem is, I can't easily access Synonyms.com because Mac/Apple keeps asking for a password
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 10:03 am
@saab,
Quote:
can really run into troubles
Hope none fatal
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saab
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 11:01 am
Abbreviation and slang are not the same. Most foreigners do not know all kinds of abbreviations
An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase, as N.Y. for New York, Mr. for Mister, lb for pound
There are millions of common abbreviations used every day.

Slang is a colloquial variety of language that is used in highly informal situations. It is always used with people who share similar social backgrounds and age groups. This is not used in the written language.

You do not know if you what age or social background the person asking is or comes from.
A special feature of slang is that slang words do not stay in the language for a long time.
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