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I see many people write on their Facebook postings;   Your great.  It should be;  You’re great. Because you’re is the short way to say you are. You’re fantastic. You’re coming to the movies with me. You’re beautiful.  The word your, is used when you are talking about something belonging to another person whom you are talking toYour house. Your car. Your face is pretty. People from other countries are very interested in learning our language. Some people make a big issue that  foreigners should learn our English language if they are going to live in our country. Well, we should learn our English language correctly. Pretty soon, people from other countries will be able to speak and spell English better than we do.  It is fun to speak it correctly, and it is easier on the ears to hear others speak it correctly. I happen to be associated with people in my every day life who don’t speak it correctly. One of them loves to be corrected and learn so that he can be well spoken. The other one doesn’t care, and when people hear him speak, they know he is uneducated. Speaking incorrectly doesn’t mean one is not intelligent in other fields, but it does mark you as being stupid, and  people may shun you.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m so happy to see that this issue of speaking the language correctly is being addressed. We use language to communicate ideas. Sometimes learning words correctly can also improve the person’s mind to discover new ideas and new ways of thinking that they may not have learned from their environment. The smartest thing anyone can do is to improve their ability to think and to understand. Learning the correct words and their usage will help the person to better understand what is going on in the world around them. The correct use of words are important because words are used every day in social situations. Words can act as a type of contract between people. By learning the correct words, one will learn exactly what another person is really saying and meaning. This is important for us all the way from personal relations, to buying and selling, and to knowing for certain what the politicians are really saying. It protects us from unscrupulous people who try to take advantage of us through the manipulation of words and their meanings. This is a very important issue and it’s being addressed in this blog. Wonderful!

    • Alma, what you point out is so true. I’m in daily touch with people whose limited vocabulary is a real hindrance to every day dealings in life. Not only do they not have the word to use in order to describe what they want to talk about, but it also keeps them withdrawn from higher activities. Thanks for responding and understanding the interest I have in helping others become literate.

  2. Excellent! You’re right, there are many Americans who do not speak or write the English language correctly, and sadly other countries not only speak their own language, but ours as well. We, Americans, need to take more pride in ourselves and become more eloquent and better educated. You are doing a wonderful service here.


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