Tuesday, August 23, 2011
SOME DISTINCTIONS 'LINGUISTS' MAKE
It has come to my attention that many in the US are concerned over ENGLISH and how the rest of the world uses it for communiations, and writing and speaking orally....so that there is a distinction made between 'LEARNERS' & 'USERS' meaning that most persons, according to this notion are 'learners' and not 'SPEAKERS' OF ENGLISH...THEREFORE THEY TEND TO DISMISS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE IN INDIA & CHINA(HONGKONG ESPECIALLY) are not 'ENGLISH SPEAKERS OR USERS! They dismiss the fact that ENGLISH in many countries is an OFFICIAL LANGUAGE for government communications and taught as a second language in those places, plus a lot of other detail that I hope to eventually discuss... It based on their finding out that quite often accents and special meanings attached to words used by 'speakers of English' who are not 'native speakers' of the language upset them and they simply can't understand these speakers and feel that they need to 'improve'...I like to challenges these persons on their assumptions because present-day US and other speakers of English, such as, the English, may bwell be rather deficient in other languages, but especially so in the US and will therefore fall into the category of 'slow learners'of whatever lingo they try to speak,usually out of guide books and travel manuals..