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Old 10-14-2016, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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There is nothing wrong with my grammar, whatever I say AND however I say it is PURE English, the people around me speak the same way, they speak PURE English too, HOWEVER, we are not arrogant enough to suggest that the English we speak is 'proper English', the English spoken by our Geordie, Scouse or Brummy friends is also PURE English because as they are English they also speak PURE English, HOWEVER this doesn't mean that somebody in Chicago, Wellington or Sydney don't speak 'correct' English because they ALL do, nobody should be arrogant enough to proclaim their way of speaking is the correct way of speaking and that includes the Queen :-D
Hey, I am not arguing that you do not speak 'PURE English', but you could use some full stops instead of commas.

Relax, I'm just giving you a hard time.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:36 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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As a native Brit who teaches English to non-native speakers here in the US, it's pretty apparent that English in Blighty is often pretty awful. Some regional accents - no one outside the local area is going to understand them (think in a global context), and that bloody use of 'to be stood' - instead of 'standing', has become more ubiquitous. ConTroversy (another), don't get me started.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:29 PM
 
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Something that I notice when I hear English people speak in films or on tv is that when they say here it sounds like they are saying hair or hare.I have also noticed that they'll often drop letters from words while they're speaking. Then there's always the distinctive wot for what.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:31 PM
 
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An example of when they drop certain letters from words is when they drop the h from heard and say it like 'eard.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:36 AM
 
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I used to have a colleague from southern England. I only understood half of what he said and thought it's because my English is not fluent enough.
But later other people told me they could not understand him either.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:27 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I used to have a colleague from southern England. I only understood half of what he said and thought it's because my English is not fluent enough.
But later other people told me they could not understand him either.
Then it is because all of you have English that is not fluent enough!
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:06 AM
 
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Something that I notice when I hear English people speak in films or on tv is that when they say here it sounds like they are saying hair or hare.I have also noticed that they'll often drop letters from words while they're speaking. Then there's always the distinctive wot for what.
What do you mean "wot" for what? What vowel sound does that O make? At least in RP that word is identical to the US pronunciation.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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Then it is because all of you have English that is not fluent enough!
Or just not exposed to that dialect enough.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:44 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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I used to have a colleague from southern England. I only understood half of what he said and thought it's because my English is not fluent enough.
But later other people told me they could not understand him either.
If he's from a working class area in Norfolk or Essex I wouldn't blame you. Believe it or not there are some crappy accents in Southern England too.

'Aw Mayete, Aw Mayete' that's what the working class guys say here. Bloody Mate so sick of hearing that damn word.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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Easthome,

Even in England there is no pure English. Invasion from Nordics and immigration from Ireland has definitely shown this to not be true. Look at Northern England and the Scandivanian and Irish influenced dialects up there. So no. Pure English doesn't exist.
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