Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Feb 2015
    • Posts: 2
    #1

    Thumbs up A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    Take the survey and let the caffeine do its job!
    A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BG2UWVWrNDYTGgVByfKX6wOCAB1C5sjKZY...

    Thanks for sharing your valuable views!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 6,039
    #2

    Re: A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    And where's the coffee?

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #3

    Re: A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    I don't drink coffee - but I answered your survey anyway.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,833
    #4

    Re: A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    I have answered, and I have a teensy suspicion that you might get some surprises from some of your respondents. I regard the variants as equal players in terms of authenticity, but I do not regard them all as equally worth learning from the perspective of a learner who wants to work in the globalised economy. I agree that some nations have promoted their variants successfully, but I also feel that, pragmatically, their success makes them the go-to variants to learn. You stress Indonesian English, and non-native Englishes are going to have an increasing influence and say over world English, but I am afraid that I still don't consider these to be full variants in the same way that I would Indian, Singaporean, Jamaican, Nigerian, etc, English.

  2. Skrej's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,393
    #5

    Re: A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    I personally feel that there's way too much emphasis put on this question of 'which English should I learn', anyway. The variants just aren't that much different.

    It's often treated like it's as big a decision as choosing between say Chinese or French, when it isn't. It's not like there are any issues with mutual intelligibility between English variants. Even between 'extreme' (such as there are any extremes in English variants) variants such as say American and Jamaican English, it's still over 99% understandable.

    Word stress may change a bit, idioms may vary a little, but English is still English. The problems you'll face learning the slight differences between variants are miniscule compared to the overall effort of learning English in general.

    All variants are equally authentic, but I wouldn't consider them all equally as valuable to learn in terms of international communication. If you're learning English for business, then AmE and BrE are going to be the two major variants to learn. The choice between them largely depends upon where you're doing business.

    Even if you somehow learned the "wrong" (from a business perspective) variant, it wouldn't prevent business ventures, and you wouldn't be starting over from scratch.

    I speak American English. I could just as easily (from only a language perspective) start a business in the US, England, Mexico, Australia, India, Thailand, Turkey,Russia or any other country as could a colleague who speaks British, Australian, Indian, or Nigerian English. I could even partner up with one of those speakers to run a business together anyplace with no language barriers.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,833
    #6

    Re: A short survey to do as you drink a refreshing cup of coffee!

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    The problems you'll face learning the slight differences between variants are miniscule compared to the overall effort of learning English in general.
    I agree- there are a lot of little differences, but they rarely cause comprehension problems.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-Jul-2011, 00:17
  2. name for coffee which remains in cup
    By karinontour in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-Apr-2010, 19:30
  3. Any chance of a cup of coffee?
    By enydia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Sep-2008, 07:28
  4. a wireless that woke you wih a cup of coffee?
    By Eway in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Sep-2007, 12:14
  5. get a cup of coffee
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Feb-2005, 03:32

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •