The Pros and Cons of Being a Non-native English Speaker
Everybody knows that English is the most popular language in the world. People use it to communicate to one another when they are abroad or if they are working in big companies with English speaking co-workers. The question is: Is it better to be a non-native speaker or it does it matter at all?
The first pro is that non-native speakers are more tolerant when it comes to grammar correctness. Even making a lot of mistakes won’t be as noticeable by non-native speakers as by the British for instance. Communication between non-native speakers for many people isn’t as awkward as conversation with native speakers of any language.
Another pro is that non-native speakers are more into improving their second language or whichever language it is for them. More ambitious people are definitely more willing to use foreign languages at a high level.
A disadvantage of being a non-native speaker is pretty significant. Many people have a terrible fuzzy accent that makes conversation a challenge. Also, wrong pronunciation may be a problem in communication. Various words are spelled the same but the only way of distinguishing these words is careful listening and knowing the context.
The second con of being a non-native speaker is that in order to be able to use the language you obviously must learn it before. It takes a bit of time, depending on the person more or less. Native speakers don’t have to learn any other language because English is very popular in every part of the world.
In my opinion ,it doesn’t matter whether you are a native or non-native speaker because even Asians can speak as good as a British or American. The only thing that people may not be able to learn is accent, which still is important though it isn’t the most significant thing.
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