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This is a place for all sorts of off-topic discussion.

You can post anon or un-anon, per your personal preference, as usual.

All I ask is that you stay civil and (hopefully) friendly.

If you also want to use this thread to try to find a beta for a fic, or ask a brit-pick-ish question, I think that would be an acceptable use. Have fun!

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What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Just wondering how many of us are ESL. You see, figure skating was the last major fandom I was involved in before gravitating back to Sherlock Holmes and its fanbase covered a great number of nationalities. It's made me wonder if it was simply more obvious there because of the competition aspect (especially during the Olympics) or if it really was exceptional.

Curious!anon's mother tongue is Dutch, if you were wondering.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
I'm an ESL too, and not a very fluent one at that, which is why I don't write fics. I can't even write well in my native language, probably because I'm an intensely visual person.

Also, I've had some difficulties understanding the English spoken in British shows thanks to the ubiquity of American entertainments in my (non English-speaking) home country... all English accents other than standard American sounded like completely different languages to my ears. Anyone else had this problem?

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Hello. I have exactly the same problem! I'm much more familiar with American accents for some reason, though I'm fairly good at understanding spoken English now, I still have a bit of a problem understanding heavy british accents. Have you ever heard of Liverpool accents? I thought it was....not English at first.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
For me, it's the other way around. I'm fairly good at understanding and recognising British accents. At least, I had no problems with Life On Mars or Takin' Over The Asylum. American accents, though? I have some trouble with Southern/Texan accents, and oddly enough, some Canadian accents. :)

What accent do you speak in?

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
I'm from the US and I have trouble understanding people from the South or with heavy Texas accents.


Although, I have it on good authority that Europeans have trouble understanding me because I talk too fast. *shrugs*

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
American here who has trouble understanding certain British accents, and we're all (allegedly) speaking the same language! I had trouble with the Ninth Doctor and Life on Mars until I got used to them, and I had to listen to all of Catherine Tate's dialogue (on Doctor Who) three or four times until I understood it all.

But then, there's no "standard American" accent either, despite what TV tries to tell you. There's a reality show that depicts people living in the Louisiana bayous with subtitles, because they expect no one will understand those backwoods Cajun folk.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Shit, I'm an American with English as my first language and I sometimes don't understand British speech.

Specific example: the scene where Sherlock runs through the deductions that led him to believe Jim's gay. I still literally have no idea what some of those words were, and I've seen that scene several times. I think not being able to see Sherlock's mouth is an additional hurdle.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Nog iemand die Nederlands spreekt.

My mother tongue is also Dutch. I grew up watching cartoons on Sky and the BBC so I learned English from a young age.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

I am German, but have been around the internet for half my live by now. I learned English in school but here it improved and - thanks to anime fansubs and later original American and British TV series/movies (and books of course - lot's of delicious books) I think my English had gotten good enough to be presentable in fiction. ;)

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Mine´s Portuguese. Mind if I leave any fellow brazilians a message?

Eu sei que ninguém mais usa Orkut, mas se você ainda tiver uma conta ativa passe na Holmes/Watson. A comunidade está meio morta, mas nós ainda damos eventuais sinais de vida e somos muito legais. [/jabá]

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
*waves at velvet_mace* I see you going through the meme. :D

I'm German and majoring in English. I've been writing fanfic in English for ten years.

And Sherlock is indeed hard to understand, but not as hard as Gene Hunt from LoM imo. Though it's a matter of dialect with him while Sherlock's fast-paced speech is the main problem in his case.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Hello to all you ESL people who answered in such beautiful English! I'm an American, and I've been studying French for about two years now. I tried to move into French fic to help me improve faster, but was appalled at how ignorant of the language I still am.

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share how long they've been speaking English, so I have some idea how long it will take me to become reasonably fluent?

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
This ESL person had little to no knowledge of English until about ten years ago, when I started educating myself using the internet. At this point in time I can understand written English near perfectly, I can understand spoken English well enough if I concentrate, and when I write in English it takes me a while to put to paper what I want to say, but I sort of get there eventually. However, when last summer I went to London and had to speak English, I found it pretty difficult, because putting words to what I wanted to say took me very long.

I think that the reason I'm still rather bad at speaking English, while I'm good at understanding written English, is simply because I read a lot in English, yet I rarely have the opportunity to speak it. So my tip if you want to become more fluent at speaking French, is to speak French. After all, practice makes perfect! ;)

Also, I had French lessons in secondary school for six years, and am now capable only of basic conversation.

Re: What's your native language, meme?

(Anonymous)
Thank you, that helps a lot!

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