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Author Topic: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category  (Read 5282 times)

zridling

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2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« on: August 10, 2007, 05:44:39 PM »
Came across this opening dialog for Professor PC Typing Tutor, and must say, it's been a while since I've seen spelling this bad. (It's the same dialog, just scrolled.)

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I'll have to use "in case of a doubt about" sometime in conversation.  ;D

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2007, 06:33:55 PM »
I'm sure they were testing the effectivity of the program while they typed the text for the dialogs ;D

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2007, 08:44:01 PM »
I object to this topic on the grounds that there is a high likelihood i could win the runner-up prize.

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007, 10:29:15 PM »
You know the saying: it's no shame to make a mistake, just a shame not to correct it.

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2007, 10:51:19 PM »
hehe.. luckily, they're not selling the "Spelling Tutor".. i'd like to add another cliché: to ignore one mistake is to invite another.

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007, 03:30:01 PM »
Hmmm - the site is at a .br domain. I'm thinking English probably isn't their first language. Maybe it's spelled correctly in Portuguese!  :D
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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007, 06:03:25 PM »
Hmmm - the site is at a .br domain. I'm thinking English probably isn't their first language. Maybe it's spelled correctly in Portuguese!  :D
Interestingly, the first time i saw this thread, i thought "damn looks like this guy is translating directly from portuguese". Now it makes sense! (i hadn't noticed the .br domain ;)).
"in case of a doubt about" is a portuguese expression, apparently that guy didn't know it doesn't exist in english :)

(the 'e' between "K" and "L" means "and" :) )

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007, 06:35:12 PM »
Cool - thanks for clearing that up for us, João. It's funny how often a non-native speaker will directly translate an expression from their native language into a different one, preserving syntax and everything. I see it all the time with Korean friends going from Korean into English and do it myself going from English into Korean (though this is less frequent an occurence because I am horribly handicapped by the fear of making a mistake, so don't often try...).
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007, 06:48:41 PM »
This topic is going to make us - non-native english speakers - paranoid :D

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2007, 06:52:19 PM »
thats ok though ak_ theres a lot of paranoid native english speakers here to  ;D  Ok who said that!!??

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2007, 06:55:09 PM »
You've nothing to fear from me, ak_! The way I mangle (and confuse) French and Korean is pretty awe inspiring (and that's after 13 years of public school - in the NA sense of public school - French and living in Korea for 4 years). By confuse I mean that when I try to speak French, Korean comes tumbling out and when I try to speak Korean, French comes tumbling out. But I'm an ace in English, really. OK, you'll just have to take my word for it.

Actually, what is awe inspiring is how well many non-native English speakers communicate in English and how pitifully the vast bulk of native English speakers are able to communicate in anything other than their mother tongue.

EDIT: removed grand mal seizure inducing attempt to illustrate the stereotypical native English speaker attempting to communicate in a different language...
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin
« Last Edit: August 20, 2007, 06:59:09 PM by Darwin »

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2007, 06:56:11 PM »
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This topic is going to make us - non-native english speakers - paranoid
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theres a lot of paranoid native english speakers here to
It snot doing much for my slef-confidense!

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2007, 06:58:44 PM »
 ;D

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2007, 07:01:42 PM »
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I W-I-L-L S-P-E-A-K L-O-U-D-L-Y A-N-D S-L-O-W-L-Y S-O T-H-A-T Y-O-U C-A-N U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D M-E!

A very useful technique but, unfortunately, a disproportionately-large number of those on whom I employ it seem to be hard of hearing!

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2007, 07:09:11 PM »
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I W-I-L-L S-P-E-A-K L-O-U-D-L-Y A-N-D S-L-O-W-L-Y S-O T-H-A-T Y-O-U C-A-N U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D M-E!

A very useful technique but, unfortunately, a disproportionately-large number of those on whom I employ it seem to be hard of hearing!

Pardon me? What was that? SPEAK UP!
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin
« Last Edit: August 20, 2007, 07:10:43 PM by Darwin »

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2007, 08:42:23 AM »
Hmmm - the site is at a .br domain. I'm thinking English probably isn't their first language. Maybe it's spelled correctly in Portuguese!

to be frank, i actually had attempted to learn Brazilian Portugese a few months ago, now i realize how i must have sounded to those Brasileiros.. :huh:

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2007, 02:16:18 PM »
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to be frank, i actually had attempted to learn Brazilian Portugese a few months ago

Don't be Frank: I've been shouting at him for ages, he must be deaf!

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2007, 03:28:05 PM »
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to be frank, i actually had attempted to learn Brazilian Portugese a few months ago

Don't be Frank: I've been shouting at him for ages, he must be deaf!

Surely you're mistaken?
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2007, 08:55:41 PM »
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to be frank, i actually had attempted to learn Brazilian Portugese a few months ago

Don't be Frank: I've been shouting at him for ages, he must be deaf!
;D ;D ;D

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Re: 2007 Worst dialog nominee, spelling category
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2007, 09:15:34 PM »
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Don't be Frank: I've been shouting at him for ages, he must be deaf!

Surely you're mistaken?

Shirley? Did you say Shirley? Isn't she married to Frank? Eh?