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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Don't you, Tarheel? It makes perfect sense to me. I'm not impressed when I listen to two native speakers of a language simply chatting to each other. However, if they are both speaking a second language, it's much more impressive.
    You're right, but local and native are two different things. A local couple can be foreign or native.

    I didn't get it at first, either.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    I agree that "local" doesn't necessarily mean "of the same nationality as me". To avoid all ambiguity, the situation would need to be described as:

    When I was young, I often heard my Chinese neighbours speaking to each other in [fluent] English. I was really impressed and wanted to speak English like them when I grew up.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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