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Help me to learn English

Postby woa10052 » 2017-05-17, 2:16

Hello :nope: :nope:
My name is May from Thailand. I speak a little English.
I want to be good at English and to communicate with foreigners.
Can someone help me ?

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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby Osias » 2017-05-18, 17:02

Hi, what's your gender?
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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby woa10052 » 2017-05-19, 14:04

Osias wrote:Hi, what's your gender?

Woman

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Postby Osias » 2017-05-19, 14:06

How old are you? What do you do for living?
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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby woa10052 » 2017-05-20, 16:09

Osias wrote:How old are you? What do you do for living?

I'm 30
Why

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Postby Osias » 2017-05-20, 16:21

Where I live, we use to start conversations asking this, it's no big deal.

I'm a software developer, by the way.
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Postby linguoboy » 2017-05-20, 16:36

Osias wrote:Where I live, we used to start conversations asking this, it's no big deal.

Where I live, we never start a conversation this way. Many people are sensitive about their age, so it's a taboo subject. You would only ask if it were directly relevant to the conversation (like if you were trying to figure out how long someone had until retirement or what job market they graduated into).

"What do you do for a living?" is a common question, but a really boring one. I think a more interesting alternative is, "What brings you here?" Like if you're at a social gathering, "How do you know the hosts?" And if it's a conference or a meeting of some organisation, "How did you hear about/get involved with [this group]?"

So seeing as we're meeting May on Unilang, I would ask, "How did you discover Unilang?"
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Postby Osias » 2017-05-20, 17:48

I meant the job. The age is also kind of a taboo, but on Internet is more acceptable, and there's the question "ASL" on chatrooms.
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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-03, 4:48

linguoboy wrote:
Osias wrote:Where I live, we used to start conversations asking this, it's no big deal.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this isn't quite what Osias meant and that maybe he really meant "we normally start conversations like this..."

Osias, how would you say this in Portuguese? It might help us understand better what you meant.

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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby Osias » 2017-10-03, 13:58

Onde eu vivo nós costumamos/temos o costume de começar conversas assim/desta maneira.

Eu não sei porque me corrigiram com 'used', estou falando do presente aqui.
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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-03, 17:58

Yeah, then I would say "we normally start..."

I didn't correct you with "used"; I just quoted linguoboy, who thought you meant "we used to start..." (maybe he just thought it was a typo).

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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby Osias » 2017-10-03, 18:35

vijayjohn wrote:Yeah, then I would say "we normally start..."

I didn't correct you with "used"; I just quoted linguoboy,


I know. "me corrigiram" is not second person, it's "sujeito indeterminado". It's identical to 3rd person of plural, but it means "someone corrected me".
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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-03, 18:43

Ahh, okay! :lol:

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Re: Help me to learn English

Postby alisha » 2018-04-05, 8:22

woa10052 wrote:Hello :nope: :nope:
My name is May from Thailand. I speak a little English.
I want to be good at English and to communicate with foreigners.
Can someone help me ?

So why don't you take coaching to learn English.


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