As an English teacher and trainer, I have an eye for language and how it is used. English is evolving and trying to stop those changes are likely to be as successful as Canute stopping the incoming tide. For this reason, I prefer the term ‘non-standard’ English for phrases such as “I don’t know nothing about grammar.” As a teacher, I encourage my students to use the standard “I don’t know anything about grammar” but will not condemn those who use non-standard forms. Can you say that your form English is correct and English spoken by people from Australia, South Africa, Scotland, Alabama or the East End of London, is wrong? Different, yes. Non-standard, definitely. But ‘wrong’? Having said that, what do you make of the following?
David Beckham (after visiting a school): “It was totally different to what I was teached when I was at school.”
On the British Airways website Error! We are unable to display your booking as all flights have been flown.
From a Slovak website SERVICE OFFER – We are not the best, but we are the others (You have to admire their honesty, if not their English)
On a Czech hotel website: The hotel offers to its guests: saloon ( for 15 persons) congerss room ( for 30-40 poeple ) for a bussines talks. If their English is a reflection of their congerss room…
A posting on a forum for jobs. to rspected sir, my name is m_____ k________ ,i m student of luminy and i m learning international business programme and i m looking for job for english teacher . i done my bachelor degree in chemical engineering. i passed out TOEFL exam vth 573 marks i can teach english grammer.
His students would probably pass out if he were given a job…
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