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    Here you can ask for help from other site members in learning their language and about their culture. Personally I've always regretted not taking my schoolboy French and German further, and am quite embarrassed to be grouped with some of my wilfully monoglot compatriots who sincerely believe everyone should speak English.

    So, if you want help with your English or help with learning a language not your own, please drop us a line in here. Especially useful might be language fundamentals such as subject-verb-object order and common verbs, as well as idioms, proverbs, colloquialisms and slang and quotes from literature, for those who are more advanced.
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    Just to add, I think we could also include discussion of dialects here, of English and any other languages.
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    20 Aug '15 21:24
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Here you can ask for help from other site members in learning their language and about their culture. Personally I've always regretted not taking my schoolboy French and German further, and am quite embarrassed to be grouped with some of my wilfully monoglot compatriots who sincerely believe everyone should speak English.

    So, if you want he ...[text shortened]... proverbs, colloquialisms and slang and quotes from literature, for those who are more advanced.
    Please count me in, if I can be of any help. 🙂

    (Incidentally, the American spelling is willfully.)
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    Some things I learnt today:

    Un/le dépanneur (convenience store) is familiar to me from trips to Montreal, but I didn't know it means 'repair person' in France. It comes from the verb dépanner, "to help out of difficulty".
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    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    Please count me in, if I can be of any help. 🙂

    (Incidentally, the American spelling is willfully.)
    You're in!
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    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    Please count me in, if I can be of any help. 🙂

    (Incidentally, the American spelling is willfully.)
    Which state are you from, Andy? Does it have a distinct culture compared to others in the US?
  7. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    20 Aug '15 22:24
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Here you can ask for help from other site members in learning their language and about their culture. Personally I've always regretted not taking my schoolboy French and German further, and am quite embarrassed to be grouped with some of my wilfully monoglot compatriots who sincerely believe everyone should speak English.

    So, if you want help ...[text shortened]... oms, proverbs, colloquialisms and slang and quotes from literature, for those who are more advanced.
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    "Here you can ask for help from other site members in learning their language and about their culture..."
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    Sweden and the UK. Thanks, NER, for an innovative thread.
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    20 Aug '15 22:31
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    "Here you can ask for help from other site members in learning their language and about their culture..."
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    Sweden and the UK. Thanks, NER, for an innovative thread.
    Would you like to run through the Swedish alpabet and diacritics, GB? Only need do letters that are pronounced differently than in English.
  9. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    20 Aug '15 22:39
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Would you like to run through the Swedish alpabet and diacritics, GB? Only need do letters that are pronounced differently than in English.
    Rather learn more about their "... idioms, proverbs, colloquialisms and slang and quotes from literature, for those who are more advanced."
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    20 Aug '15 22:46
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Rather learn more about their "... idioms, proverbs, colloquialisms and slang and quotes from literature, for those who are more advanced."
    If you've got something specific in mind about the UK, let me know.
  11. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    21 Aug '15 00:02
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    If you've got something specific in mind about the UK, let me know.
    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    "Here you can ask for help from other site members in learning their language and about their culture..."

    You decide,,,,
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    Originally posted by NoEarthlyReason
    Which state are you from, Andy? Does it have a distinct culture compared to others in the US?
    I'm in Rhode Island, one of the original 13 colonies. Just imagine how great England would be today if they hadn't let all of this slip away.

    What with wall-to-wall social media and instant communication, culture in different parts of the U.S. is pretty much homogenized these days. Except for Texas.
  13. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    21 Aug '15 00:34
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    You decide,,,,
    I think he's looking for specific questions.
  14. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    21 Aug '15 00:36
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    I'm in Rhode Island, one of the original 13 colonies. Just imagine how great England would be today if they hadn't let all of this slip away.

    What with wall-to-wall social media and instant communication, culture in different parts of the U.S. is pretty much homogenized these days. Except for Texas.
    Well said.
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    It is a wonderful thing to immerse oneself in another language. Other cultures don't just have different words for all the same ideas; in some ways, they really think differently. I learned this when I became proficient enough to read, write, think, dream, and enjoy the humor, in a second language.
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