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Old 03-24-09, 12:47 PM
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Engrish prease

I called my tax people so I could go finish up on that. If you're going to have a receptionist where English is the second language, they should be really fluent in it. Just sayin'.
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Are you sure you didn't call a Chinese take-out by mistake?
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accent > incompetence

just sayin'.
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Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
If you're going to have a receptionist where English is the second language, they should be really fluent in it.
If you're going to create a thread that mocks those who have less than perfect English skills, you'd be well advised to work on your own first.
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If you're going to create a thread that mocks those who have less than perfect English skills, you'd be well advised to work on your own first.
I speak perfect English thank you. And as far as I'm concerned it's nowhere near being a place where formal English is necessary.
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^You did it again!
...for whom English is their second language...
...this isn't a place where formal English is necessary.

Look, I'm not usually so picky, but your sentences are hard to understand for lifetime English speakers. You also made fun of immigrants. That makes me angry.

Just sayin'.
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
^You did it again!
...for whom English is their second language...
...this isn't a place where formal English is necessary.

Look, I'm not usually so picky, but your sentences are hard to understand for lifetime English speakers. You also made fun of immigrants. That makes me angry.

Just sayin'.
I think you might be the only one who has trouble reading what I am saying.

And I didn't make fun of immigrants. I simply stated that if someone doesn't speak English very well, they should not be answering the phones. I feel the same way about southerners too.
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Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
I think you might be the only one who has trouble reading what I am saying.

And I didn't make fun of immigrants. I simply stated that if someone doesn't speak English very well, they should not be answering the phones. I feel the same way about southerners too.
*ptui*

Y'all c'mon ovah heah and say dat, boah
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*ptui*

Y'all c'mon ovah heah and say dat, boah
Oh, and coonasses too.
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Oh, and coonasses too.
pfffft!
no one can understand them....
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Yeah, I'm on the fence about this. If a particular skill-set enabled your employment (e.g. being hired on because you speak English), then you better be able to call upon that skill-set readily and competently.

Hoooowever, if you have never lived in another non-English speaking country where you were required to learn the local language (e.g. Portuguese), then it's hard for you to be as sympathetic as you should to those putting forth a valiant effort.

Give them a break and relax. You better for damn sure not make grammatical errors if you're going to criticize somebody's English.

Although, if you like a well intentioned laugh, go to engrish.com and check out some amazing translations on signage across Asia.
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Oh, and coonasses too.
I dated a coonass for three years.
I never understood a word her family said.
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I dated a coonass for three years.
I never understood a word her family said.
Georgia redneck is amateur redneck, Louisiana redneck is professional level.
Certain areas in South Carolina run a damn close second. I had friends from SC in high school, I swear I only made out about 1 of every 10 words.
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Certain areas in South Carolina run a damn close second. I had friends from SC in high school, I swear I only made out about 1 of every 10 words.
A couple of months ago I had to go to Charleston and one of the fastfood joints I stopped in everyone spoke Gullah. I would say it was strange running into a foreign language, but English is the foreign language, and Gullah was developed here.
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Being from the professional redneck/coonass area of Louisiana, saying that I am bilingual would not be a stretch. All that being said, I've been in some areas of eastern Kentucky where I had trouble understanding what they were saying.
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A couple of months ago I had to go to Charleston and one of the fastfood joints I stopped in everyone spoke Gullah. I would say it was strange running into a foreign language, but English is the foreign language, and Gullah was developed here.
I had to google that.
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A couple of months ago I had to go to Charleston and one of the fastfood joints I stopped in everyone spoke Gullah. I would say it was strange running into a foreign language, but English is the foreign language, and Gullah was developed here.
WTH is gullah?
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Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
I think you might be the only one who has trouble reading what I am saying.

And I didn't make fun of immigrants. I simply stated that if someone doesn't speak English very well, they should not be answering the phones. I feel the same way about southerners too.
They have telephones in the South?
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WTH is gullah?
A slave language, comprised of Southern English and various African languages that is still spoken in isolated spots in the South, typically along the coast.
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A slave language, comprised of Southern English and various African languages that is still spoken in isolated spots in the South, typically along the coast.
I had to look that one up. I have not heard it. I suddenly feel I must have had a rather sheltered life.
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They have telephones in the South?
Lord no.
We use telepathy.
You only think I've made a post.
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I had to look that one up. I have not heard it. I suddenly feel I must have had a rather sheltered life.
Not really. I probably have more neighbors than there are Gullah speakers left.
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