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That's what I said in the first reply. That even native speakers make mistakes and of course they speak English in Ireland (and Gaelic too isn't it?). The person's attitude is another matter that I don't like at all. Pure Arrogance.
he he, ***.
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the combination of slight mistakes and grandiose turns of phrase, like the 'my dear friends' bit leaves a bad taste. i don't know if she's a native speaker or not, it's hard to tell, you should hear some of us over in England- wouldn't understand a word, it's taken me quite a while to understand the various grammatic conventions which seem to accompany our dialects and accents, a really standard form of English is only spoken by one section of our society, the rest have adopted a wide range of idiosyncracies in their grammar and pronunciation.

This applies to spoken English more than written English, however, as everyone seems to adhere to the languages conventions as soon as they have to write, as everyone's aware that a formal structure does actually exist. Anyway, she just sounds like she's forcing it a bit, trying to sound cheery when her attitude seems to favour the more right wing and condescending, but i think the bad taste has more to do with ideological content than the grammatical structure, in this case it's what she's unaware that she's communicating that seems to come across with most force.
I quite agree with you. Sometimes, it is difficult to sound natural and cheerful when you are not. Sometimes, you realise you've spent hours drilling sth and you are not content with the result, sure it was completely forced. However, you should be aware of the advantages you as natives have. Sometimes you need somebody to make an effort to communicate with you, to talk to you, to listen to you, to understand you.
Don't be so hard on somebody whose English is not as good as yours. I hope you liked the message better this time.
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LOLZZZZZZZZ Now it's you people who are getting hard on him.He just asked you people something to find out if that girl was a native speaker or not.
As if he didn't know!
I think it's because the structure of the sentence is a bit rigid. In a chat room, the sentences are normally more casual. Her sentence is too formal and certain part of the sentence such as 'why my dear friends that I' and the wrong position of 'basically' makes the sentence sounds odd.
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Dia duit a cairde,
I don't believe that she is a native speaker either.
She says that she is Irish!
can she write anything in Irish???
I might belive her then, but there are definetely to many mistakes for my liking

go raibh mile maith agat agus banacht.
slan
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