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    I admire how well she speaks English

    I would like to ask you this sentence: "I admire how well she speaks English." What does the speaker try to say by saying "I admire" ?

    Source: Newbury House/admire.

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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    Here's the relevant dictionary entry:

    http://nhd.heinle.com/Definition.aspx?word=admire

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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Here's the relevant dictionary entry:

    http://nhd.heinle.com/Definition.aspx?word=admire
    I also looked at that dictionary but this verb "admire" does not make much sense to me. How or by which way could one admire another person?

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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    Do you not understand 'respect' or 'think highly of'? How did many people in the world think of, for example, Nelson Mandela?

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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Do you not understand 'respect' or 'think highly of'? How did many people in the world think of, for example, Nelson Mandela?
    But thinking of "how well she is using English" just would be "a thinking" so this does not make sense to me.

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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    'Think highly of' does not mean the same as 'think of'.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/think_1?q=think
    Scroll down to 'think the world, highly, a lot, poorly, little, etc. of somebody/something'.
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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    To admire someone's skills is to have positive feelings about them. When you say you admire how well someone speaks English, you think that person speaks English well.
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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    I take the thread title to mean 'I think highly of her spoken English' or 'She speaks English so well, and I respect her for that'.
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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    But do not say this on a US college campus, where it would seen as a microaggression. It indicates that you would not usually expect her to speak good English, and this would be taken as a sign of implicit racism.

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    Re: I admire how well she speaks English

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Think highly of' does not mean the same as 'think of'.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/think_1?q=think
    Scroll down to 'think the world, highly, a lot, poorly, little, etc. of somebody/something'.
    I have looked the link, read the definition and example and then thought that it means "to think positively about somebody."

    Thank you.

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