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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    What's a coalface?
    It's variant of 'coal face'.
    Urban Dictionary: coal face

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    I agree with you. Forum Host, please change the "First Language" to "Native Language".....
    Because it would really help in your case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Hi Red, et al.

    Have you considered changing the "First Language" profile field to "Native Language"? There's been a huge increase in the number of obviously non-native English speakers who write "English", perhaps under the misapprehension that that's the first foreign language they are learning; or just as likely they have emigrated to US from Asia, and say their first language is now "English".
    This leads to problems with interpreting questions (Why on earth are you asking a question like that if you're a native English speaker?).
    In many cases, it would be far easier to give a useful answer if one knew the person's L1.
    Of course, no one is obliged to give that information (on this site) and can write whatever nonsense they like. (A note on why their native language is important would be useful too).
    I think the question is ambiguous and should be changed; or a note added ("if you speak another language better than English, please put this language").

    Thank you for considering this matter, which is causing annoyances at the coalface.
    Red's away at the moment, but if it can be changed, it should be a relatively simple matter, so when he gets back, we can try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's variant of 'coal face'.
    Urban Dictionary: coal face
    Thanks! I learned something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Red's away at the moment, but if it can be changed, it should be a relatively simple matter, so when he gets back, we can try it.
    If it can clear up confusion, it is surely worth it.

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    Default Re: First Language?

    I agree with you.

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    Default Re: First Language?

    Is that better?
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    How's this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    How's this?
    Thanks Red! Let's hope it helps.

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    Default Re: First Language?

    We can try First Native Mother Tongue next if this doesn't work.

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