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Topic: Piadas
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:11:18 PM
Gostei! Sobre tudo das piadas da empregada e do sem-abrigo. Applause
Obrigada (desde Califórnia)!

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: One doubt
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:50:06 PM
Carrying.


My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Unofficial survey on varieties of English in TFD forums
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 6:29:50 PM
Romany wrote:
The reason I specifically ask which English a student is studying is because, as an examiner, I've seen tearful students failing - when their spoken English is really good - because they used the wrong kind of syntax, grammar or vocabulary for the exam.
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Already "English" exams are divided between AE and BE. As Xap explained, except for TOEFL, the majority of International English exams use BE. THATs the reason we so often ask - a person's whole future can go down the tubes because they used BE in an AE exam, or vice versa!

Romany (and Xap), thank you for clarifying about the exams; that would explain some of the mind-numbing questions I’ve seen here! Other language forums in which I occasionally participate are geared more to language lovers and the linguistically curious than to test takers, and respondents aren’t considered “teachers.” I have a feeling I should probably stick to those forums, but if I don’t, you’ll find me here as Nebra.

Happy New Year, everyone!


My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Unofficial survey on varieties of English in TFD forums
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 6:26:36 PM
thar wrote:
I am not here as a professional teacher on call for learners. I know your post isn't about that, so I'm not criticising it, just making a natural progression. But who I am is my business. If I were being paid to be a professional teacher giving answers to learners on a site, they would have the right to know what English I speak. As it is - I do my best to be helpful, but at the end of the day, posters on a free forum have to take pot luck with the responses they get.

Thar, I feel much as you do but began to wonder what the expectations were. Personally, though I’m an editor and translator, I answer questions solely in my capacity as a procrastinator... because I always have this page open while working : )


My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Unofficial survey on varieties of English in TFD forums
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 6:24:04 PM
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
You can not demand this from those who ask questions - they come and go. But I expect the relevant information in the profile of those regulars who reply. Yes I've noticed your signature but I would prefer to see San Francisco in your profile.

I hope no one felt I was “demanding” anything. In my short time here I’ve seen questions from a regular group of people, with whom others seem to be acquainted. Since I’m not, I have to wonder whether the answers I give are the ones they need; that’s all. And I agree with thar that the usefulness of one’s current location is limited and potentially misleading. I think my new signature is more to the point (thanks again to Sarriesfan for the inspiration!).


Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:

There are AE learners’ dictionaries too, such as http://learnersdictionary.com from Merriam-Webster. I especially like Collins because it is gives three sets of definitions in succession—learners, BE, and AE—followed by example sentences.


Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
The only ESL tests that are considered internationally are Cambridge tests and IELTS. TOEFL is strictly American.

Thanks, that’s good to know.


rroselavy wrote:
--In the US, in my experience at least, the variety of a foreign language taught in schools tends to be the one with the greatest number of speakers.

Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
This is a flawed approach if applied to English. I love Canadian - just about 30 million speakers. And I already stated my opinion in this thread:
https://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst161633_-Which-variety-of-English-should-I-learn--.aspx

That’s an interesting thread, though I agree with many of the respondents that no one variety is “superior” to another. As for Canadian, I’m impressed that you can tell the difference from AE; most of us can’t. For me the one giveaway is the pronunciation of “about"!

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Unofficial survey on varieties of English in TFD forums
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 6:13:50 PM
almo 1, I’m glad you shared the story of the Nebra disk (BE: disc!). The image you posted is at about 70% of the actual size. (I prefer it rotated 90 degrees clockwise, to suggest a winky face ; )) And thanks also for the BE/AE links.

To everyone else, thank you for participating in my “survey.” It’s been helpful to me, and perhaps it may be to others as well. Below I'll give a few replies.

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Santa Claus
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 5:40:47 PM
I'm late to the party (bah humbug!), but I clicked on this topic because I read a fun ethnographic story in the NY Times (accompanied by a video), "Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom." It traces the origins of Santa to the shamanic rituals of the Sami people in Lapland:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/opinion/santa-christmas-mushrooms.html

Ever heard of this, Jyrkkä Jätkä?

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Unofficial survey on varieties of English in TFD forums
Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:19:49 AM
No worries--I was sick of that icon. So now it's the Nebra Sky Disk, the earliest known map of the heavens, discovered in Germany in 1999. Looks like a friendly place ; )

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Unofficial survey on varieties of English in TFD forums
Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:00:39 AM
Thank you, Sarriesfan. I agree that it's useful to specify, but it's tedious to repeat. I think I'll take a tip from your "witty signature" line and indicate it in my signature line.

I still would love to know what those who ask questions expect or need in terms of varieties of English. I hope some of them will answer.

(p.s. My icon is the Golden Gate bridge, and I live near San Francisco. But now that I'll add a signature about AE, I think I'll change my icon!)

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.
Topic: Which is the correct sentence?
Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 2:47:59 AM
They're both fine.

My replies to grammar questions are based on American English (AE), of which I'm a native speaker.

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