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Polish people: did you struggle learning English - differences between both languages

Bobko 19 | 956
24 May 2022 #61
I'd only be able to type in phonetically aka Latin, which for a native Russian speaker such as yourself is a royal pain

Nah it's not a pain, we all learned to type this way in the 90s - not least because you cannot type a website url in Cyrillic, or some other specific applications. Irritating, but not a big issue.

Most Russians whom I've taught also struggle for years with the definite vs. indefinite article

It is absolutely maddening. "I live in a house" vs "I live in the house" vs "I live in-house" - very difficult to wrap your mind around as a new student.
Lyzko 41 | 8,862
24 May 2022 #62
I work in house. = I work full time, not free-lance! I work in THE house.= I work from [MY] home! He's [still] in office. = He's in politics. He's in THE office= He's still at work.
Bobko 19 | 956
24 May 2022 #63

He's in office. = He's in politics.

Yes, and this is why many times one sounds like an idiot without realizing it.
jon357 72 | 21,114
24 May 2022 #64
live in the house

"The" is best understood in this case and in most cases as "the one that you know I mean".

Get it from a shop somewhere. Get it from the shop opposite. I saw the cat. I saw a cat. We blew the tank up with an NLAW. We blew a tank up with an NLAW.
Lyzko 41 | 8,862
24 May 2022 #65
I see A (one) house? Which house? THE house (That one) there on THE hill!
jon357 72 | 21,114
25 May 2022 #66
see A (one) house

Any house

THE house

THE hill

The one that we both know we're talking about.
Novichok 4 | 7,017
25 May 2022 #68
If it's defined - the
If it's not defined but can be counted - a
If not defined and cannot be counted - neither the nor a. Nothing.

Is this correct?
RussianAntiPutin 8 | 242
25 May 2022 #72
What's wrong with your English? It seems fine to me.
Lyzko 41 | 8,862
25 May 2022 #75
No, it wasn't a joke, Rich!
Bad English usually seems "fine" when there's something in it for the American for whom a favor, pleasure aka money or sex will be exacted:-)

Our institute just welcomed a multi-mega-million Chinese tycoon into one of my Business English classes.
His English skills are as ****-poor as his business skills are impressive. Am I going to tell him his English stinks and risk LOTS OF MULLAH coming into our school??

When he apologized through an interpreter for his "poor English, I of course immediately chimed in that his English was "good" in order to ensure a steady stream of classes.

In point of fact, most foreigners on the average speak English badly. This is an honest assessment. Business though has rarely much to do with honesty and this nameless Chinaman's "poor" English promises to make all of us "rich.

Back to the topic at long last, I've found in my many years of teaching, Poles to be far more modest and willing to admit to lacking English than the Russians.

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