Yudan Taiteki wrote:If you are in the role of a teacher you should absolutely correct people's English according to well-accepted standards, and you should do the same in your own writing. However, that's not the same thing as actually believing that "correct" English is superior to "incorrect" English.
Unless it is really bad or if for an English Lit. / Composition class most mistakes are really not that noticeable by native speakers (I could be wrong and just be talking about me since I suck at grammar anyway
Yes, Chris, that was my thought too, but I got now and then the look of "why does he bother? He's not even a native speaker ..."
And I was talking of obvious mistakes, like the their, they're, there
I was saying before. Or once I had a student who wrote Plato meaning plateau. And that was for college students, whom I was expecting to be fairly educated.
two_heads_talking wrote:The Klingons certainly do and they are very, very strict on proper pronunciation. To the point where they use pain sticks on their children if they pronounce ghy'aahkk as gh'yaahkk. Calling one's mother a horse is not a nice thing to do and those children find out quickly not to do it..
Thanks! I was a bit worried that irony and sarcasm weren't allowed over here ...
Sairana wrote:I heard of one guy who intended to do just that with his child. The notion quickly died when he realized that the language was not as robust as he thought it was. You can talk about battle and glory, but there are no words for cup, table, chair, ball, and so forth. Ah well..
I once met a girl on a train in New York. She told me she is capable of speaking half a dozen languages, among which Italian (and she wasn't bad at all). When I asked her what her native language was she said Latin
Apparently her parents spoke to her only Latin since she was little ...