Somewhat off subject. I'm not calling anyone to task, or challenging their position or opinions. Everyone has a right to say what they want on a 'forum', constrained only by their conscience of course and the 'banned' hammer! This communication falls into the category of 'just wondering'.
I have noticed that 'Dumnorix's English errors are too consistent. Sort of like someone who is pretending to be from 'down south' but grew up in the Bronx! Or an English actor playing the part of a German (James Mason as Rommel) in a movie.
Over time in your dealings with people from another country, you will find yourself not making the sort of language errors in verbal or written communication that he makes repeatedly, eventually, you can't help it, its only natural. He is like someone trying to make sure of the errors they make, for 'consistency'! No corrections, none of the natural reaction to being exposed to another language, with none of the almost inevitable improvement at all!
It did not take too long for me to pick up on the use of the language either in Norway or Japan, and even L.A. for that matter! So,especially for someone in Germany (I'm assuming German, Dutch, Belgian...), who is dealing with people either personally or professionally in the 'sciences'!
In the 'service' and in civilian life, I dealt with German nationals, on a professional and technical basis. Just like the people in Norway when I was stationed there, English is mandatory in school. In fact, most of them speak English better than I do, and probably still do. Mostly they are somewhat reluctant to use the language, sometimes they get the idioms wrong.
But they generally have a working knowledge of the current slang words and terms, from television, print and the internet. Its only the older slang terms that elude them, the sort of things that we here in the states, all grew up with, and he pointedly (by his lack of use) avoids!
So, 'Dumnorix', I'm betting that you are using the 'not my first language' as a ploy, for whatever reason. So 'Dumnorix', are you an American stationed or working overseas, or hiding in 'silicon valley'? Am I right?????
P.S. Sorry for editing the post after your reply, 'tide1212', your comments made me think about some clarifications. Minor but necessary?!
< Message edited by dgk196 -- 3/31/2008 1:24:45 AM >