English “learner”

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you will find a funny video about the effects of marijuana but that’s not what I want you to notice I’m not taking a position on legalizing marijuana here it’s the Chinese lady’s English. I’ve often made the point that a lot of people function just fine in our society without “mastering” (why do fl teachers love that word so much? Master this declension, master that pronoun sequence, master this conjugation) the fine points of English. What the “OMG, we’re all gonna die if someone misplaces an apostrophe!” people fail to recognize is that language is very social and we make a place for people who speak Eng as a fl, like this lady. No, she will not get a job as a radio broadcaster, but she’s not trying for that job. I can’t become a Rockette at age 72 (besides being male), but it really doesn’t get in the way of my dreams.

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