A question, how proficient are you in English?

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  1. Teleblooz

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    english and dutch

    Well, Dutch might be related to English but I don't think many English speaking people will understand much of it. Try it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg0CDxhJd78

    And he is speaking very clearly and slowly with a very "standard" accent.

    The Dutch commentary starts at 20 secs. I speak Dutch but I didn't find it a very easy language to learn.

    Great song by Mazzy Star so if the Dutch didn't do it for you there's always the music...good job Mazzy Star don't understand Dutch or they would have been upset by what he is saying about them.
     
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    True... I couldn't get much of that commentary, although the sound quality wasn't good on my computer. All the same, although I speak German I find spoken Dutch and Flemish harder to understand. Written Dutch is a different matter; that's sufficiently similar to German to follow without too much trouble and similarly I even found I could make some sense of Lëtzebuergesch (the dialect of Luxembourg) when I was there.
     
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    Agreed! Shouting louder, and depending on the country, adding an "o", an "e" or "i" to the end of each word while making wild arm gestures will generally get the job done. In some cases merely pointing to the genital area will either get you in the door...or get you castrated. It's all good...:lol:
     
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    Been speaking it for almost 50 years and just now getting the hang of it.
     
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    why don't we all just speak the same language
     
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    The country folk from Northern Wales have a sing-song way of speaking that might as well be from another planet. If you get one word of fifty you are doing well to understand some of them.
     
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    American English is a veritable "mixing bowl" of every lanquage in the world, combined with slang, and even made up words (one of my favorites "boughten", as in " I went to the store and boughten one of those for you"). Sometimes we have trouble communicating between people from different states.
    I was given a reading aptitude test in the Marines in 1988, and scored at a level of a person with 15 years of education in aptitude and vocabulary. As I have no college in my schooling I was pleased.
    I am still not sure if I speak "English" though. :confused:
     
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    I would like to add that I enjoy hearing Blazer speak English. I enjoy the inflections and vernacular that result from his management of English grammar spoken through his mother country's filter. You are a genuinely interesting person Blazer!
     
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    http://s36.photobucket.com/user/guitarman91/media/doitagain.mp4.html
    Go here to hear what I sound like when I sing.

    I love singing but with that same proficiency I have with talking English it doesn't end up sounding that good

    I'm currently busy working on my first solo album which will be called "The return to Blueberry hill" and the producer who heard me singing on the demo recordings told me that with my articulation, I'd be perfect for singing in a Dire Straits tribute band, since my vocal prowess is at its best if I sing monotone and soft spoken like Mark Knopfler does.

    But I won't sing on my album, the songs I wrote will be sung by a very good friend who is a stellar singer and people always said "Your songs are good but you shouldn't sing them."

    So instead I'll handle the guitar and bass work, while my former Slavantas band mates Jacques (Jack T. Ripper) and Sander (Gizmo) will be there doing secondary guitar duties and drums.
     
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    That might be the understatement of the year. In addition, BBC World News, which had the world's admiration as the premiere reporting agency for most of my lifetime, has deteriorated right along with it so I suppose it all fits .
     
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    LOL...:lol:..... not long....;)... I'd been down in Europe/Morocco for 5 months surfing and talking french by then, I don't know how I sounded accent wise.... I didn't even talk any french before hand...:lol:

    I actually failed English in my gr 12 final exam...:rolleyes:..... I expanded on Macbeth at length for one part.... when it should have been about King Lear...:rolleyes:

    ... "english" was the only language I'd been around all my life ..... apart from a few years of German at highschool...;)

    I only ever spoke my German with the Turks in Istanbul....:rolleyes:
     
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    I can sorta read dutch. Can't understand anything spoken.
    I speak German (and of course Norwegian), and I think it's the combination of those that enables me to read a bit of Dutch. Don't think my knowledge of English contributes much.

    Back to English: In the sentence above, should it read 'enable' or 'enables'? I.e. does that verb refer to me (singular) or the two languages (plural). I opted for 'enables' - i e that it refers to the singular 'me' - but that verb really goes both ways, doesn't it?
     
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    I know a couple of blokes in China who are self taught Engrish speakers and quite proficient as well but those bloody John Wayne accents get me. Both claimed to have learned watching Americian movies on tv with subtitles.
     
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    No, it doesn't... you were right to use "enables" in the singular, because the singular noun "combination" is the subject of the verb. If instead you'd said "it's those", leaving out "the combination of", then the verb would properly have been "enable" in the plural, because the plural pronoun "those" would have been the subject.
     
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    Thanks, man from uncool.
    I actually think such things are a bit cool, but it's probably just me.
    Such things: i.e. being able to succinctly nail down someone else's confusion :confused:
     
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    There are a lot of folks here in the US I have a hard time understanding. It is getting quite trendy to put subtitles on reality shows, talk shows, news broadcast, etc. Everyone should larn southern english. Sounds better.
     
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    Let me bring forth a fitting song.



    At the first sign of morning light ol' glory's in the sky
    Across the pond, it's afternoon, and the Union Jack flies high
    We're on our first cup of coffee
    We're on our third cup of tea
    And we can't pretend to live on different planets, you and me

    In this collision of worlds
    Watch the new day dawn on a distant shore
    In this collision of worlds
    Oh, you can't sit this out no more

    Abbey Road, Route 66,
    CIA to the MI-6, right lane, left lane,
    Metric, imperial, pounds, dollars
    Howdy, cheerio,
    That V8 growl to a V12 scream
    Hail to the chief, Well, God save the Queen!
    Cops, Bobbies, Tabasco, Wasabi
    Pistachio... Ice cream!

    In this collision of worlds
    Well it's too late, you can't stop it now
    In this collision of worlds
    Yeah, find you a place and just watch it now, watch it now!

    Yeah, you're a good ol' boy
    Well, you're a decent bloke
    I say it's irony, I say it's a joke
    When I look around, now I can see
    We ain't so different, you and me

    Meat and potatoes, bangers and mash
    Dollars, pounds, dosh, cash
    Autobahn, to the rising sun
    The I10, to the M1
    Congress, Parliament, President, The Queen!
    Petrol, you say gasoline
    Now grab your bird, and get your girl
    Now it's a small world!

    Collision of worlds
    Watch the new day dawn on a distant shore
    In this collision of worlds
    No, you can't sit this out no more
    It's a collision of worlds
    It's too late and you can't stop it now
    Collision of worlds
    Find you a place and watch it now
     
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