What is your opinion on people who message you with broken English?

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    Dec 28, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    Hi, I sometimes receive messages with broken English, such as I think you hot, what you looking for, or you very welcome etc.

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    I know that I Do make mistakes as well but I think the examples above are quite serious.

    Am I too sensitive or judgemental?

    What would be your reaction to messages like this?
    (when the sender is a native English speaker)




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    Dec 28, 2013 12:59 PM GMT
    Depends. Are they hot? icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 28, 2013 1:07 PM GMT
    I wood ask them if they was up for some discrete fun
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 28, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
    How can you tell what a sender's native language is? If I get a message in less-than-perfect English I assume that English is not their first language and commend their effort, if not to them directly then to myself.
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    Dec 28, 2013 1:29 PM GMT
    you write you no like broken English.
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    Dec 28, 2013 1:41 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidHow can you tell what a sender's native language is?


    Because he specified his first location as English speaking country and didn't add second or third location. Also, he stated "I'm a regualr Aussie guy" in his profile. I don't know what regular Aussie guy is, but mostly guys who were born and raised in Australia call themselves as "Aussie guy", not immigrants. So he's highly likely to be a native English speaker. Don't you agree?

    If so, does it make any differece to your opinion if the sender was clearly a native English speaker?

    I don't expect PERFECT Egnlish, but come on... those sentences are not even complicated. where are be verbs...


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    Dec 28, 2013 1:50 PM GMT
    Ohno saidI wood ask them if they was up for some discrete fun


    hahaha "wood". I like it icon_smile.gif and you. I like witty guys.
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    Dec 28, 2013 1:58 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidDepends. Are they hot? icon_confused.gif


    well... sounds like you wouldn't care as long as they are good looking. hm...
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    Dec 28, 2013 2:04 PM GMT
    morphic,

    I guess me no like broken english but sense ppl think me such a ungrateful judgemental little shit
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 28, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    Colloquially, dropping "to be" in a sentence is not uncommon.

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    That notwithstanding, just because a person is white and lists his location as Australia does not mean that he did not immigrate there. He may have been born in Australia to immigrant parents and not learned any English until he started attending school.

    In any case, learning to judge others as little as possible until you know a little bit about them is a good policy, in my opinion.
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    Dec 28, 2013 3:07 PM GMT
    SaturnC said
    JohnSpotter saidDepends. Are they hot? icon_confused.gif

    well... sounds like you wouldn't care as long as they are good looking. hm...
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    You're being disingenuous.
    If a bodybuilder who looked like James Franco wrote,
    "I think we get together sometime" I'd think "Gee, maybe he was tired."
    If he looked like Screech from Saved by the Bell, I'd think, "Neeext."
    That said, the poor English around here does annoy me but, as has been pointed out, it might be their second language and in that case they're doing pretty good.
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    Dec 28, 2013 3:07 PM GMT
    It could be someone trying to befriend you to get your IP address and report you as a sock account. Some people are quite devious.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 28, 2013 3:53 PM GMT
    With the "texting language" it's now a part of the everyday reality that people are going to do what they need to get their point or message across and not care how it looks or sounds.

    I use text type spelling and sentence structure when sending/replying to messages
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    Dec 28, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    Saturn, we've been contacted by guys with broken English a number of times. For example, 5 years ago or so one fellow (he lived in the US), and myself (Doug) were exchanging emails about being a writer. He did his best and we read each other's stuff. Over time he drifted off RJ and then came back a year or so later with firm command of English and was a bit embarrassed about his earlier emails etc.
    I told him it was fine, as command of English is not a requirement for friendship. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 28, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidHow can you tell what a sender's native language is? If I get a message in less-than-perfect English I assume that English is not their first language and commend their effort, if not to them directly then to myself.


    + 1
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    Dec 28, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    SaturnC said
    What would be your reaction to messages like this? (when the sender is a native English speaker)

    Well, I often don't know what their first language is, though their profile sometimes provides a clue. If they're likely not a native English speaker than I help them along, and go into my "special English" mode that I learned from VOA on shortwave.

    Most developed countries have good education systems, and a non-English speaker will be bright enough overall to quickly catch on. I'm currently helping an émigré from the Middle East with his US English, mainly our idiomatic phrases, and the less common words in our vocabulary.

    But if they're from a US Red State then I know they're the product of a lifetime of underfunded, subpar education, and as adults they're tragically beyond improvement. I won't lower my grade level to talk down to them like children, but neither can they comprehend my normal conversation. So we remain unable to communicate in any meaningful & satisfying manner.
  • JuneauMike

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    Dec 28, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
    (facepalm) I get so sick of the Spelling and Grammar Police! Lighten up!
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    SaturnC saidHi, I sometimes receive messages with broken English, such as I think you hot, what you looking for, or you very welcome etc.

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    I know that I Do make mistakes as well but I think the examples above are quite serious.

    Am I too sensitive or judgemental?

    What would be your reaction to messages like this?
    (when the sender is a native English speaker)


    You're putting too much thought into this. Some guys are just lazy typers. There's a British guy on here that speaks like a Shakespearean, but types like a drunken limey. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    It's pretty easy to tell if a guy is an idiot or just foreign. If a guy says, "What you doing?" I don't judge them. As someone else said, this is common. It's called colloquial language.

    If someone writes, "sup im gunna take u out" I don't bother replying. Unless they're hot.
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThere's a British guy on here that speaks like a Shakespearean, but types like a drunken limey.

    Whozat?
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    xrichx saidThere's a British guy on here that speaks like a Shakespearean, but types like a drunken limey.

    Whozat?
    Fable. Ok, maybe Shakespearean is a stretch. But his English quite proper. icon_lol.gif

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    Dec 28, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    depends...

    what exactly is it I'm supposed to do with/to/have, his "man pussy".

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    Dec 29, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
    It happens
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    Dec 29, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidThe language of love is not English.

    So what language is?
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    Dec 29, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    woodsmen saidThe language of love is not English.

    So what language is?
    It's a language that consists of a series of grunts and moans. icon_biggrin.gif