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    Default Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    Hi everyone,

    I am currently doing a very interesting experiment on English written by non-native speakers. I asked Dutch people to write a text and I want to know how native English speakers perceive the text and the author.

    Do you want to help me with my experiment?
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    This link will direct you to the online questionnaire and filling it in will take more or less 5 minutes.

    Thank you in advance.

    ps: I still need about 7 people to complete my questionnaire, so can you please help me??
    Last edited by KJM85; 30-May-2011 at 17:29. Reason: I am almost finished with my data collection, I only need 7 more people to fill in my questionnaire :)

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    I've completed the survey. To be honest, it reads like someone whose native language is English but who is not being careful, except for gets/is getting, which is a non-native mistake.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    Hi Barb,

    Thank you for completing my questionnaire and your feedback.

    I asked Dutch students at the University to write the text, so that is why the text might read as if a native person wrote it.
    However, there were some non-native errors in the text which the Dutch and also Germans often make these type of mistakes.

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    Good survey, Karin. What tool did you use to make it?

    The text was very well written, with only a few - not so bad - lapses. The Dutch are remarkable linguists

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    I answered, though some of the choices were not particularly clear- the educated/uneducated one I was a bit wary of as it can be a loaded term.

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    Dear Tdol and BobK,

    Thank you very much for filling in my questionnaire and the feedback

    @ Bobk: I am not sure what you mean by tool, but in case you mean the program: it's called NetQ, I got it from a teacher at the university. I preferred NetQ because it doesn't have advertisements.

    @ Tdol: well, a person can be educated but still write a crappy text..

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by KJM85 View Post

    @ Tdol: well, a person can be educated but still write a crappy text..
    That is certainly the truth! And it's a happy truth, because it's one of the reasons I have a job.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by KJM85 View Post
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    @ Bobk: I am not sure what you mean by tool, but in case you mean the program: it's called NetQ, I got it from a teacher at the university. I preferred NetQ because it doesn't have advertisements.

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    Yes, that's what I meant. When a piece of software does a useful job, it's often called a 'tool'. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Dunglish, Spanglish, Franglais, or just correct English!?!

    @ Barb: I am happy this truth help you pay your bills

    @ BobK: So, I learned something new. I had a feeling you meant the software program (=tool ), I was just not sure...

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