Off topic: Language and the subtleties of the nature of its users
Thread poster: George Trail

George Trail  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2009)
French to English
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Apr 22, 2010

On how language and intelligence are inter-related; this blog also aims to provoke thought about how certain individual words REALLY get used...


Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:33
Spanish to English
I cannot agree with the post at all Apr 22, 2010

For a professional linguist to claim that a spelling mistake is a sign of lack of intelligence is like a mechanical calling me thick because I haven't the first clue about engines.

I know the difference is that we were all taught spelling at school, but besides there being a huge variety of schools and teachers, if a person's interest lie in another direction, they will not pay the same heed to the lesson.

Good use of language has always been important to me and I think it is important for society in general, but I have known so many extremely intelligent people who cannot write to save their lives, because they were never properly taught and have never seen the point of learning.


fathia haider
Local time: 00:33
English to Arabic
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mistakes in spelling Apr 22, 2010

I agree that it would be unfair to judge the linguists on their spelling mistakes, for me lanuage itself is like a huge sea. It is not possible to embrace all its components. There are always new vocabulary, new statement especially for the second language. I'm a native Arab but still I find myself learning new words and termonology, new expression. It is really exciting to be interested in languages. But what I would like to say, we should find a useful and simple way to spell words correctly, learning should not be related to teachers only we are our own teachers we have to teach ourselves coninuously and properly.


Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Dutch to German
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language proficiency - intelligence Apr 22, 2010

George, I'd never think about making assumptions about your intelligence based on the quality of your German CV.icon_wink.gif


Françoise Vogel  Identity Verified
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English to French
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Apr 22, 2010

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