Peter Dechi
Are the English expressions in the web "Chinasmack" proper? I am tired of Chinese-style English, I am not sure whether the website "www.smack.com" deserve me to learn, considering it has Chinese transalation that I can learn translation from , but I am not sure whether their expressions are proper. Here is an example link: http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/stories/police-shoots-and-kills-villager-during-forced-demolition.html Please give me some advice over this website. Thank you.
Oct 14, 2012 2:02 PM
Answers · 3
Not a native speaker. The following site has a person say aloud the words or sentence that you have typed in. Choose the accent that you like after you type in your word/sentence. http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example.php?sitepal
October 15, 2012
I read Chinasmack all the time. I can definitely tell that the person doing the translations is not a native English speaker. Their English is quite good, yes, but not perfect. Sometimes they also may use expressions that are not common in English to preserve the translation. I would say that you should avoid using it, simply because there is so much content written by native speakers of English on the internet. Why settle for the second best? Plus, your English seems pretty good, so I don't think you need the Chinese translations any more. That said, if you did use Chinasmack along with other sources, I doubt it would do you a lot of harm.
October 14, 2012
It's about 95% there at worst, so you can still learn from it. In general, you should be reading from several sources (other webpages, books, articles, magazines...).
October 14, 2012
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