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Old 07-19-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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Do you sometimes have trouble pronouncing certain words or understanding what other English speakers are saying?
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:48 PM
 
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i have more trouble understanding those with heavy southern accent or those that do the ghetto-speak, pardon me if this comes off offensive to you.

speaking-wise, i have more trouble getting the consistency of three-syllable words (when to accent on the first or second syllable) e.g. projectile. that word has bugged me for a while hehehe.

so what's your point BTW?
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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so what's your point BTW?
My point is that despite English being an official language of the Philippines, many Filipinos seem to struggle with it in the U.S.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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My point is that despite English being an official language of the Philippines, many Filipinos seem to struggle with it in the U.S.

it is an official language, yes, but it's NOT our first language. besides, which country in the world that has english as an official language that would NOT struggle with US english? except for canada maybe, but even countries like UK, ireland and australia/NZ that PRIMARILY speak english, they would also struggle with american english IN THE US due to differences in culture/expression/idioms/accent etc. i have irish and british coworkers that struggle with american english here in the US--and they all speak english as their PRIMARY language. what more for a country that speaks english as SECONDARY language?

heck even among you so-called native citizens of US, there is some regional struggle with your own language due to differences in culture/accents/etc e.g. northeastern vs southern accents.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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it is an official language, yes, but it's NOT our first language. besides, which country in the world that has english as an official language that would NOT struggle with US english? except for canada maybe, but even countries like UK, ireland and australia/NZ that PRIMARILY speak english, they would also struggle with american english IN THE US due to differences in culture/expression/idioms/accent etc. i have irish and british coworkers that struggle with american english here in the US--and they all speak english as their PRIMARY language. what more for a country that speaks english as SECONDARY language?

heck even among you so-called native citizens of US, there is some regional struggle with your own language due to differences in culture/accents/etc e.g. northeastern vs southern accents.
Agree
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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Agree

I am sorry. I should have shown more sensitivity. I think many Americans would have trouble understanding this man.

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:47 AM
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American English is a pretty poor standard to compare against. About 1 in a 1000 Americans can use "take" versus "bring" properly. Subject-verb agreement here in the US is regularly mangled. Pronunications is problematic - ask an American to say utter and then udder. You'll hear udder udder. Or hearty and hardy. You'll get the same problem. Vocabulary here is limited considering the number of words in the English language - though this may be a result of so many immigrants from different countries in the last 200 yrs having to come up with a smaller common subset of easily-remembered words.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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Language changes all the time; you can't stop it. If you want "correct" English, then go back to speaking Old English.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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American English is a pretty poor standard to compare against. About 1 in a 1000 Americans can use "take" versus "bring" properly. Subject-verb agreement here in the US is regularly mangled. Pronunications is problematic - ask an American to say utter and then udder. You'll hear udder udder. Or hearty and hardy. You'll get the same problem. Vocabulary here is limited considering the number of words in the English language - though this may be a result of so many immigrants from different countries in the last 200 yrs having to come up with a smaller common subset of easily-remembered words.
I agree, vocabulary in American English is quite limited compare to British English
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:26 AM
 
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I believe Filipinos call it "nose bleed" when they struggle to speak English but in all honesty of all the Asian nations I would say from my experience that Filipinos speak the best English ok its American english and not British but still clear and easy to understand. Here is Singapore many helpdesk or call centres are done by Filipinos because they are much easier to understand.
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