I Speak English As a Second Language

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    I post again here to anounce you

    that I managed to pass that CAE exam. Yay! I got 198 points and B grade. if I had taken 2 more points, I would have had an A. but it's okay. I'm pretty impressed with it. I got 210 points out of 210 at use of english. I did not expect it. but the reading and listening parts...
    WitheredMind WitheredMind
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 18

    And I will tell you that it is absolutely

    difficult! My phone's keyboard is set to suggest both English and Filipino words when I'm typing; there are some things that I couldn't translate because it loses the meaning... so rephrase, paraphrase. I feel so awkward talking in English to people I'm not close with, too. Omg...
    Dewms Dewms
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 30, 2015

    It is not my mother language,

    so I try to speak. Sometimes I **** up really bad, people look at me like "wtf??", and sometimes it flows out of my mind clearly, and they don't even notice. But generally I am just trying.
    Gallantio Gallantio
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jan 30

    Is hard sometimes for me to understand what I

    read here... but I think it's helping me to improve my vocabulary! When I'm chating here I have always my dictionary nearby cos' I use to forget some words...
    ElsseHazelyn7 ElsseHazelyn7
    16-17, F
    Jan 25

    For Very Short Time

    My parents moved from Syria to protect me in Canada three years ago. i did not know any English then when we moved and neither did my parents but I am learning! We take class together three times every week to learn and my mother is very good! She is even learning french too
    halaawad halaawad
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 14, 2013

    My Real Voice

    I started to learn English as a third language in grade 6, and for 7 years. But when I left school, I had the feeling to know nothing because I was nearly unable to get people when they spoke. I read in English once in a while but I really began to study English about four years...
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    1 Response Jan 4, 2009

    I am half English (my dad)

    and half Vietnamese (my mum) and I was born and raised in England. Due to my dad being at work from 9-5 every day when I was young I didn't speak much English so Vietnamese was my first language and I didn't start learning proper English until I started going to school.
    casio747 casio747
    16-17, M
    Aug 27, 2015

    Does Language Affect The Personality?

    English is my second language, my first language is Farsi (Persian). I think I show different personalities speaking different languages. I even feel different about myself when I speak English than Farsi. It is like I am a completely different person when I am speaking...
    saeidehbakhshi saeidehbakhshi
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Mar 9, 2010
    zydeko zydeko
    Apr 10, 2015

    The very first language I spoke was Spanish,

    then English, and now French
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    Mar 14
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    2 Responses Mar 13
    Joker7oo Joker7oo
    22-25, M
    Jun 8, 2015

    English English English!!!!!!!!!!! Why Do You Hate Me So Much!

    hello everyone. just wanted to share what's been on my mind. i'm feeling so low right now. it bugs me that whenever i talk to people in person i can't seem to explain myself right or i just stand there and stutter. i feel so stupid not knowing what to say, it's so exasperating! i...
    crazyvixen crazyvixen
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 20, 2012

    When I married my husband,

    English was about two years my family language and since almost three years I am speaking because of my work every day more in English than in my own home language. :-)
    Loretta78 Loretta78
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 12

    I used to confuse gentiles

    for genitals and vice vera before, I am quite sure I have written the word genitals in a religous/ political argument before LOL
    MissGaga MissGaga
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Sep 9, 2015

    The first time I learn to speak English was at

    a camp in U.S. At that time I wasn't able to say or understand a single word in English. First of all, I was late and newbie. So, when I enter (btw, I was really shy). The counselor present myself. And then she ask a question like really quick. In my head I was like : What hell...
    Care2Love Care2Love
    13-15, F
    Mar 13

    Bad English

    I wish I could speak English better. I write it better than I speak it I think. Even after I learn rules over and over I forget them. I am worse for tenses. It is so confusing!! It should be say, saying, sayed think, thinking, thinked *sigh* I wish there is one rule...
    popmybladder popmybladder
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Sep 8, 2009

    I speak English as a 1st language.

    I guess I'm the odd one. LUCKY ME :DDD
    PikachuIsPikachu PikachuIsPikachu
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 30, 2015

    Yes, i do, but also german,

    so it's kinda funny when i end up using the wrong language, for example: german with my parents, spanish with my german friends, and english with my local friends. It also happens to me when i use whatsapp, viber, etc. changing between EN, ES, DE keyborads can be a nightmare...
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    1 Response Sep 10, 2015

    English is not my first language,

    I speak Estonian :) my typing may be alright but I type better then i speak English. So excuse if my typing is not so good! :)
    HelloKittyBaby HelloKittyBaby
    18-21, F
    Aug 19, 2014

    In less than a month,

    I am supposed to sit that CAE exam and I don't want to. I decided to do so just to prove myself I am capable enough. i've never enjoyed speaking english, tbh, even though I can understand almost every text, written or spoken. I have mixed feelings about it. I'll have to grit my...
    WitheredMind WitheredMind
    18-21, F
    Nov 22, 2015

    More like third language.

    French being my second and Spanish being my first... Ahaha But yeah, all my education at school was done in French. Very little English was taught. I wanted to improve my English and my former best friend spoke it fluently... So she helped me with homework and she even...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 18

    Even though I was born in the United States,

    I didn't speak any English until I was 5 years old. I remember telling myself that I would never learn this "stupid" language. Fortunately, it came very easy to me because I was so young. Even though I speak it fluently and all the time, I'm still way more comfortable speaking...
    jonbz17 jonbz17
    22-25, M
    Jan 20, 2014

    Help Please!

    Hi all, I am an ESL teacher and graudate student in NY. I need some ESL students who are in grades 6-12 to take a survey. This would REALLY help me out, and I would really appreciate it! It only takes about 10 minutes, and the survey is about how you feel in an English...
    suzannesmith7 suzannesmith7
    Nov 1, 2010

    I'm not good at English.

    It is my real worry.
    mkrr mkrr
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 16, 2015

    And I don't see why it is a problem lol.

    People at my school always make jokes abt how I talk -.-
    nicholasstump nicholasstump
    18-21, M
    Nov 10, 2014

    Me, again, posting here.

    I can't wait to finish with this stupid exam. Tomorrow is the big day -.- I wish an asteroid would hit me.
    WitheredMind WitheredMind
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 11, 2015

    I do too. My first language was baby babble.

    I can still speak baby babble. So, that makes me bilingual.
    Mossonarock Mossonarock
    41-45, M
    1 Response Aug 27, 2015

    I'm trying to learn it.

    Even thoug I suck at it
    ricardo112 ricardo112
    16-17, M
    1 Response Mar 13

    I spoke Spanish first

    and when I had to start school I learned English. Nowadays I can only speak Spanish "decently", I speak it as much as I can.
    Rockandrollfan Rockandrollfan
    22-25, F
    Dec 12, 2015

    Jag önskar ibland att jag kunde uttrycka mig

    på samma sätt på engelska som på svenska. Vissa uttryck funkar liksom inte lika bra. Som "ah fast nä". Fult på engelska.
    Atmosfaerie Atmosfaerie
    Jun 3, 2015
    ashlyn110 ashlyn110
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 29, 2014
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    4 Responses Aug 5, 2015

    English Comes Second.

    My primary language of course is Awesomeness! 
    SirDaniel SirDaniel
    22-25, M
    2 Responses May 20, 2008

    I can't post anything cause I'm afraid

    that I'd make a lot of grammar mistakes .—.
    curs curs
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Aug 9, 2015
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 8, 2014

    I'm Pretty Sure That..

    I speak moron as my first.
    TheBlimey TheBlimey
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 16, 2009

    I wouldn't even say that I "speak english"

    as a second language. Actually, I'm trying to learn it but it's not so easy to me...
    skelleton skelleton
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 13

    I Speak English

    Hey guys , i have make a videos in english , can u check for my mistakes . This is the link m.youtube.com/watch?v=BerVHEFftHQ
    tranlinh tranlinh
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 16, 2013

    Learning English is not easy job!

    ! They say French is hard to learn. I think English is. I'm ok with the verbs and all the basics of English. I can write a whole text in English and you would understand everything. However, the moment I open my mouth to speak, BEWARE for my pronunciation sucks!!! Why are...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Nov 10, 2014

    I Thought I'd Never Learn It

    I hated English lessons in school! It took about 8 years to see some logic in the language and then it somehow just clicked in my brain and I started to see some sense in it. Before that I can remember struggling with articles and irregular verb exams, just trying to memorize...
    Fennella Fennella
    31-35, F
    11 Responses May 20, 2008

    English is not my native language.

    Sometimes it gets so irritating to speak with clumsy phrases and completely wrong grammar. Sorry guys I am doing my best to learn English quickly.
    carryco carryco
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Oct 31, 2014

    Hello, everyone . I will start a job in England

    (Brighton) as a chef in a patisserie i will be in charge of the savoury part. I went to a British school of English . My English level is intermediate I know the bases like to say hello, order food and have everyday conversation . My only problem is to speak louder,i think...
    coco230 coco230
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Jan 31, 2015

    I can speak two langueges 1.

    ) Spanish and 2.) English. I'm trying to learn German (so I can speak with my grandfather) but I don't know where to start. any tips?
    Valley13 Valley13
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 25

    My crush just corrected my English

    and it was kinda embarrassing.
    whentostop whentostop
    26-30, F
    Nov 24, 2014
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