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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  15/ABR/2008 1:33 PM
Assunto:  to Dale
 
Mensagem:  Sarah, English definitely has words that are fine for "Situation A" but not for "Situation B". 

Several years ago, I was a "Conversation Partner" at the University of California - Riverside.  In the volunteer program, native speakers were matched with English learners who wanted to practice conversation.  I had a lovely Korean girl as a partner one semester.  Her English (grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary) was quite good.  Her big problem was that she could not understand when a word was acceptable and when it wasn't.  If she heard it on TV, she believed, then it had to be okay.  Well, not always...  She told a professor, for example, "I really f-cked up on the test."  I can't imagine a worse thing to tell a professor or anyone else for whom some respect should be shown.  If she had said it to a girlfriend, fine.  Yes, a little "strong", but...  She was a doll, but she talked like a sailor.  She simply couldn't separate foul language from language appropriate for most situations.

Obviously, this is not going to be a problem for you.  Congratulations! 

Um dia deste vou te falar sobre algumas das burrices que ja cometi em portugues.  E sigo cometendo! 


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