#1
ive always wondered a couple things:

1) in english, a lot of the times we use words and phrases from other languages. sometimes we talk in accents for jokes. do other languages do this as well? like for example, would an asian person for a joke talk like an english person speaking their language, like in an "american accent"?

2) in english, people tend to make "sounds" when imitating asian languages or middle eastern languages. to us, if you do it well enough it can sort of sound like actual asian words, but obviously they arent. can you do this in other languages for english? basically ive always wondered what english sounds like to non english speaking people.

3) was english hard to learn?

just some things ive been wondering.
#5
1. We do
2. English people sound either like royalty, like retards or like queers :P
3. No. Fluent English when I was nine
#6
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ive always wondered a couple things:

1) in english, a lot of the times we use words and phrases from other languages. sometimes we talk in accents for jokes. do other languages do this as well? like for example, would an asian person for a joke talk like an english person speaking their language, like in an "american accent"?


Yes.

2) in english, people tend to make "sounds" when imitating asian languages or middle eastern languages. to us, if you do it well enough it can sort of sound like actual asian words, but obviously they arent. can you do this in other languages for english? basically ive always wondered what english sounds like to non english speaking people.


Yes.

3) was english hard to learn?


Nah, not really.
#9
Im german

1: We make fun of british accents alot :p

2: almost everyone here speaks decent english...
But yeah, my mom sounds hella funny when trying to speak english.haha.

3: nah,It was very easy
#11
same as pretty much everyone...
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1: yes

2: yes

3: no.


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#13
i suppose becuase all of the best films are english :p so foreign people have a media of which through they can learn english ::::ppppppp in england, we dont watch foreign films much and such, we are totally outcast verbally from the rest of the world.
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agree on the first post
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So if english is so easy to learn. Why do I always have to push 1 for english any time I call somewhere?????????? in my own country.
just wondering
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So if english is so easy to learn. Why do I always have to push 1 for english any time I call somewhere?????????? in my own country.
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#17
1. not really that much in jokes, but use of american accent is quite popular in our cartoons

2. hell yes

3. it's probably one of the easiest languages...very simple grammar and as it is very common (on the Internet, TV, everyday speech) I learned it quite easily..
#18
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1. We do
2. English people sound either like royalty, like retards or like queers :P
3. No. Fluent English when I was nine

I agree in the first two points.

in the third, i have to say English is very simple and therefore, easy to learn. it has very little pasts and conditionals and futures, i mean, spanish has much more of them! and in spanish, for example, we have two verbs (ser y estar) for the english verb "be". so we make a huge difference between being in a certain state, like something temporary like when you're ill, and something you are and defines your existance, so to speak, like i am... errr... blonde for example
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I agree in the first two points.

in the third, i have to say English is very simple and therefore, easy to learn. it has very little pasts and conditionals and futures, i mean, spanish has much more of them! and in spanish, for example, we have two verbs (ser y estar) for the english verb "be". so we make a huge difference between being in a certain state, like something temporary like when you're ill, and something you are and defines your existance, so to speak, like i am... errr... blonde for example


Like present simple and present continuous?
I think that what makes English simple is that there is no declension and words pretty much stay the same no matter when you use them...
#21
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I agree in the first two points.

in the third, i have to say English is very simple and therefore, easy to learn. it has very little pasts and conditionals and futures, i mean, spanish has much more of them! and in spanish, for example, we have two verbs (ser y estar) for the english verb "be". so we make a huge difference between being in a certain state, like something temporary like when you're ill, and something you are and defines your existance, so to speak, like i am... errr... blonde for example


Preterite and imperf(spanish) confused me like crazy until last year...I'm in spanish 4 now.
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1: yes

2: yes

3: no.


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#23
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1: yes

2: yes

3: no.


+1.

English isn't hard to learn at all, the only problem I think I have is my clunky pronunciation in actual conversations, but that's probably acceptable as an accent.


Certain topics like science and economy et cetera are a bit harder to talk about fluently, as they require a vast vocabulary of special terminology. You need to have studied or read about them in English to not sound like a tool in a conversation.

In Finland, English is a mandatory school subject starting from the third grade and on. So I've studied it for about a decade.
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#24
1) We imitate the american accent, yes.

2) Er... what?

3) My father speaks english with me since he's from T&T. I knew fluid english at Kindergarden level ^^.
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#25
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1: yes

2: yes

3: no.


I agree

I tought myself english when i was around 6 years old, by reading the subtitles and listening to the words on english shows on tv.
#26
English is an easy language to learn .

imitatin english accents is normal (like the american frat-boy, p example)

cant say i do that gibberish thing tho. but you do it for chinese cause its not your second language right? doubt you'd do that if you actually knew chinese