LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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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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