Off topic: Language and the subtleties of the nature of its users
Thread poster: George Trail
| | George Trail
Local time: 22:48
French 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.
| 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.
Local time: 23:48
Dutch to German
| 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.
[Edited at 2010-04-22 17:23 GMT]
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