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Can non-native speakers help you to strengthen your language skill?

Hey guys!

What is your opinions about the question?

Since I found it is hard to find a non-native speaker to practise my English with.


By the way, I'm looking for friends to be my language partner to practise English with me.

I'm looking for both native and non-native speaker.

I believe a non-native speaker will also be a good choice for being a language partner.

Message me if you're interest.

I can teach you some basic Chinese(Mandarin) in exchange.

Apr 20, 2018 4:08 PM
Comments · 12

Different non-native English speakers have different skill levels.

If the non-native skills are better than your skills, then you can learn something from him or her.

But if their level is below yours, then that person cannot help you improve.

If you find a language exchange partner, you must both correct each others' mistakes. Correcting mistakes is a great way to improve.

April 20, 2018

Absolutely! Because a non-native speaker who is conversant (even if not fluent) has devoted time and effort

to aspects of the language of which a native is often unaware or can't explain. It may seem counter intuitive,

but it is often true. 


April 20, 2018

I can assure you that there are non-native speakers who understand English grammar much better than native speakers. There are many factors to consider such as educational level, literacy, interest in language, etc.

A lot of native English speakers may sound fluent, but that doesn't mean that they understand grammar. From my experience in editing (at work), the worst writers are often those who only speak English. 

April 20, 2018
Quite an interesting point I read on TV: 
"A language school is a place where people around you are unable to speak a language well. It is a useless place to learn a language"  (No comment, in person)

However, I indeed observed some students (a part, not all) can hardly learn well a language in a traditional language school if they are not all ready with sensible mind and strong stamina to "study"  (not only practice), they are unable to master a language through traditional rote learning. 
April 21, 2018
 I met a native English speaker, a lady was trying to explain the difference between "between" and "among"  to a learner and she was sweating and seemingly unable to elicit the tip to explain the difference. 

The difficult point for a learner to find a fair language partner is most language learners have incompatible proficiency in the target language and accordingly they develop different demand for the learning and can rarely match up with each other.  That does not matter whether the partner is native or non-native. 

Think about if you were a proficient speaker, would you like to practice with a partner whose English is worse than you?  Following the context you can easily conclude how difficult it is to find a fair language partner with comparable proficiency to practice with you, even less a language partner whose English is better than you. 
April 20, 2018
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