LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||04/ABR/2008 8:36 PM|
|Assunto:||Slangs and Stuff|
I agree with you, Daniel. If your only plans are living on the streets and buying coffee at Starbucks, then black English and a couple of slang terms will probably do the job. However, if you have more elaborate plans, such as getting a job, impressing someone, or applying for a course, your slang knowledge will not take you very far.
Besides, we must remember that English is a global language, spoken by people with very diverse backgrounds. Non-native speakers of English use the language to communicate with each other, and there is a very good chance these people will speak and understand a variety of the language based upon standard English. This variety is often characterized by correct grammar and standard vocabulary. Using a lot of slang terms will not only sound impolite, but may also cause you to be misunderstood. Bear in mind that a lot of people associate slang with violence, drugs, crime and sex. I'm not saying this assumption is correct, but you cannot control other people's thoughts.
Just a quick grammar note. The word "slang" is uncountable and should not be pluralized. "Slang words," "slang terms" and "slang expressions" are all fine.
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