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is the following sentence ok?
"is there a transfer ticket machine here?"
if so, i wonder why some people here do not understand this kind of question.
i usually need to rephrase it like "i am looking for a transfer ticket machine, pls" and only then they understand what i mean.
does the sentence in bold sound odd?
should i avoid starting sentences with "is there"?
This has happened to me a quite a bit. I thought my pronunciation of the new language was good but I found that it took a few repeats for natives to understand me.
yes, I am still in canada and yes, I am convinced my accent is not good.
River, you have a good point: maybe the name of the machine is wrong ...
It's really very difficult to "tune" your accent so that you are understood and speak confortably at the same time.
I was in a tour and there were also Canadianas, Irishes, Scotishes and Australians. For many (many!) times the Scothishes couldn't understand what the canadian was saying. A little (little!) change in the accent and they can't communicate.
I don't see this kind of problem happening between Brasilians and Portugueses, for example. Brasilians and Portugueses understand each other perfectly, despite of the huge (huge!) difference in the accent. I wonder why.
Hey, Ivan, I am happy to know that I am not the only one who have such a problem.