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Choose who you listen to.

If you are learning English, use judgement in choosing who to listen to.  If someone claims to be a native speaker, but writes using broken English, you might not want to accept their advice.

Broken English includes using no capitalization and no punctuation.  You will see many examples of this here.  Do not imitate it.

Good luck.

Jan 13, 2015 11:26 AM
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choosing who to listen to       absolutely fine


choosing whom to listen to    also fine



choosing to whom to listen to   wrong  - too many 'to's





January 13, 2015

Fun thing is that there are a lot of native speakers out there who do that stuff.


"Yo, sup, lez chek out dem bar aight, chill toonz and hawt bitchezzz."

"wtf is dis i dun even no dude, gtfo here, their all crazy stoopid so clear n all."

"n den he wuz liek WAM hit that c rite in the nose n den he wuz liek watcha gun do boutit tosser n den he wuz liek f you man f you n den they tuk theyre guns n started shooting dem skanks like wooo shit n all"

January 13, 2015

Barry's post in a nutshell: English has dialects and slang.

January 13, 2015

hi guy i am natives speaker of englesh if u wood lick some help pls contact me . thnks

January 13, 2015

Well, as we say, "The proof is in the pudding!"  I think if we're here to help others with English, we need to remember that we're also setting an example... so, careless slangy spelling and lazy writing habits don't cut it.  Even most typos can be avoided by re-reading before we post.


I think the type of member Eddie's talking about turns up every few months - someone who is a sloppy writer but claims to be a native English speaker or even a teacher (once in a very blue moon, yes this person is actually a native English speaker). Most of the time it's someone who's learnt English to a so-so level, but believes it's good enough to pass as native. The fact is, we have teachers, writers, scholars and so on here in the italki community, so it's a little curious to see new members pass off their low-level English skills as "native". Most of the time, these same people get bored and leave in a few weeks anyway.


That said, the situation is much better here on italki than on other language-learning sites.

January 14, 2015
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