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Thread: ESL and EFL

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    Question ESL and EFL

    What is the difference in usage of English in ESL and EFL countries? Are there any special grammar for ESL and EFL?

  1. matilda

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    i live in Iran, an EFL country.
    in my country, people speak in Farsi or persian and not much people know english.
    but in a country like Dobay or china, people know english and many of them can speak in english

  2. Editor,
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    Re: ESL and EFL

    If you want to make a distinction between them, ESL is for learners who are living in an English-speaking country, and EFL is for those who are not living in an English-speaking country. It is not so much to do with grammar as different needs- someone living in an English-speaking country may have to, for example, take their child to the doctors and be able to explain what is wrong, while someone living in their own country would not need such detailed knowledge as they would speak to their doctor in their own language.

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