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    Don't bother to talk with me in English

    Hi.

    I met someone online a month ago. She likes speaking English with me. Later she went to study in a language school, where she got professional English help. But she still chatted with me. I thought it was okay for her to do that. Recently, she said I am wrong and he's teacher is right. How can she say that the things I learn from here are wrong? I then said to her "Please don't bother to talk with me in English".

    Is the italic sentence natural?

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    #2

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    It is fine but what exactly did she say you were wrong about?

    "Her teacher", not " he's teacher".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It is fine but what exactly did she say you were wrong about?

    "Her teacher", not " he's teacher".
    I used many things I learned here to chat with her and she said some of them are wrong.

    Does my sentence mean "Please feel free to chat with me"? Don't bother=feel free to?

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    #4

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    No. Don't bother doing something means Don't do it.

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    #5

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. Don't bother doing something means Don't do it.
    Are they equally good?

    Please don't bother to talk with me in English.
    Please don't bother talking with me in English.
    Last edited by Silverobama; 09-Aug-2019 at 09:30. Reason: rephrase my question

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    #6

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Are they equally good?

    Please don't bother to talk with me in English.
    Please don't bother talking with me in English.
    Yes, but they're not polite.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    It is possible for learners to reinforce errors when speaking, but I think the advantages outweigh this.

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    #8

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    If I were you, I would remind her that you are a learner and that any opportunity you have to practise your English is useful for you. Ask her not to point out errors (especially since she is also an English learner). It would be different if she were your English teacher!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Don't bother to talk with me in English

    "Don't bother to talk with me in English" is a rather rude way of telling someone "Never speak to me in English again."
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