What I’ve observed over the years while being around other foreign English speakers is – oftentimes people would become really emotional about certain aspects of the English language and have heated debates over things that don’t really matter that much when it comes to being able to speak fluent English.
Picture this – you’re sitting at the table during the lunch break with your friends, and the conversation is developing something along these lines:
“Mmmm… I think this is the best chicken curry I’ve ever had, don’t you think so?”
“Did you just say “I fink”? Why are you pronouncing it like that?”
“Well, I guess it’s because I’ve lived in Bristol for a long time, and I started pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound as ‘F …”
“Oh really? Is that how they speak in England? Well, but now you’re living in the States, so I think you should start pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound properly!”
“Well, I haven’t really thought about it… I haven’t really had any problems because of that, people understand me just fine…”
“But it’s plain wrong dude! It’s not proper English, and considering you’re dealing with customers all day long, I really think this is something you should work on!”
“Hey Max, do you really think it’s that important? I think David’s English is really good, and anyone can understand him just fine!”
“Man, you just don’t get it… There are certain rules of the English language that you just can’t ignore, you know?”
And so this argument goes on and on because one of the friends has a very strong opinion on certain aspects of the language, and instead of having a nice chat about the tasty chicken, the time gets wasted on arguing over something that is, as a matter of fact, of no importance at all.
Do you see where I’m coming from?
Life is too short to be spent on talking about stuff that doesn’t matter, however, I’ve noticed this type of thing happen time and time again among foreign English speakers – and not only!
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