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Making moneys not a top priority of the company, where have you been?
This will probably offend some people, but oh well. I'm an American. Let's just say that I can name a few different versions of "English" that I've heard that you probably wouldn't recognize. I wouldn't expect much from the stereotypical American. #yoloswaql8rlol
So only Americans butcher their language? I thought slang was part of all languages. Well anyways, it depends on the quality of the teacher and how much the student actually listens to that teacher. Also the aptitude of the student in a particular subject and the amount of incentive to learn must be taken into consideration. I've had some good English teachers. I tried to pay attention to them. I will admit to napping through class and doodling. My aptitude for language skills is actually below par. I could never sound out word in my head for some reason. I often forget how to spell some words. I can never grasp every last rule of commas, semicolons, and colons. My incentive to learn wasn't too high.
59-Not being able to tell the difference between 'your' and 'you're' isn't slang, it's not knowing basic English parts of speech. You're right about it not being only Americans that can butcher their native tongue, but as the previous comments above you state, the American education system is in such a state that it is pumping people into the corporate world that don't even know the difference between the two words I mentioned above, and it's not just English skills they lack, unfortunately. I'm sure many of my fellow classmates, before I moved to Canada, will still (as many did before I left) refer to Africa as a third world country, and won't be able to point Afghanistan out on a map. Shit, some of them probably think Iraq and Afghanistan are the same place.
59- I know seniors in high school who have taken 4 years of English classes. Do you know what we learn? How to read books and write about them. I know too many seniors who don't know proper grammar. Sure we use slang, but I feel that proper grammar wouldn't be such a hard thing to teach.
#80- It's not a hard thing to teach. That's why it is taught in elementary school, not high school. Students should already know how to use proper grammar by the time they reach that level. High school English classes shouldn't be about re-teaching things that kids should have already learned.
I feel like it's solely based on the school you go to. I just finished my freshman year and, having gone to two high schools, two middle schools, and two elementary schools, I've been taught by a lot of people. The school I'm going to now, however, is by far the best I've been to. For instance, in geography we had to know every country, and geographical landmark of three continents throughout the semester. So I feel like saying the educational system as a whole is flawed is incorrect.
The "System" is flawed because there's no good holistic approach to education. Sure, depending on the neighborhood you're in, you find a good school. Schools are funded with property taxes, so the areas with higher salaries will have better schools. It sucks for you if you live in a middle class or poor area though.
#90 key word...SHOULDN'T...but sadly...a lot of times is needed. I work in a school system and can tell you first hand that even in elementary school the educationl system is so flawed that teachers aren't allowed to teach basic skills..they are mandated to "teach the test" because so much importance is placed on state standarized testing
I'm from Britain and you'd be surprised at the moronic babble that seems to pass for English now. I think part of the problem is the growing number of people who hate 'grammar nazis'. There's no such thing as a grammar nazi. There are those that are literate and those who are not. The illiterate should be forced to pull themselves up, not drag the literate down.
i apologize for our education system...My dad had a teacher tell him "ain't, ain't a word" So you can see the problems we're dealing with....
Your all idiots. It isn't that hard to use you're language's proper grammar. You're schools have obviously failed you since your so incompetent. If only you're parents helped you as a child you're mind wouldn't be so slow. "You're" and "your" are so simple. (If you haven't noticed, I'm being sarcastic.)
This is why I hate to be American sometimes. Others make us look like fat, stupid, drunken idiots.
Yeah, I know a guy that's in my grade (I'm going into 11th) and he's fat, obnoxious, ignorant, mean... (calm down, this guy made my life hell at a point, and if you met him, you'd see how mean and obnoxious he is -.- and... He is putting on some weight) I hate being American sometimes because of our stupid stereotypes, and people like I mentioned above make it so we have these stereotypes.
Having english as my only language, i know we can get lazy as there are so many words and varients for the same thing, when a foreigner learns english, its harder for them as they have to learn all these varients, so most have a better understanding of it, where as we're already learning it from before birth, it comes to us naturally, and we have to think less about it, unlike the foreigners that learn it from ages above ours, i guess what im ttying to state is that we all get lazy with our mother tongue, learning a new language means we have to learn all about it so we pick up on these trivial bits of information
There are so many grammatical, punctual and spelling errors in this little paragraph, I don't know where to start. It also makes absolutely no sense. "Learn language before birth"? Huh? This is the proof that the American educational system is broken. This country is going down hill! No wonder America is the laughing stock of the world and nobody takes us seriously. Such a shame.
We all make mistakes in any language we have, even the "grammar nazi's" make them, and to be honest im not arsed at all, we have the ability to still make sense of whatever is written before us, regardless of spelling or punctuation amd all that other crap, and yes we do start learning language from before birth, we start picking out key words such as mom and dad, even lunch time, we start listening to tones and music, thats how a baby knows when dinner time, without understanding the word, they know what it means by the sound, if you play a particular kind of music to the womb, you can almost guarantee the child will grow to like that music, as a species we're incredibly smart
Actually, I think Swedes are just as bad and care just as little. Our education system is seriously horrible, with teachers who can't spell. I've had to correct several of my teachers' for särskrivning for instance, rök fritt and rökfritt isn't the same... tyska lärare, klass rum, elev råd. Also, have you noticed that most of our myndighetsnamn have logos with bad grammar in them? Pensions myndigheten... till växt verket? I've given up a long time ago, but the most horrible thing is I can't have kids because homeschooling is illegal here in Sweden, and I will never subject my kid to the horror that Swedish schools are.