English?

This applies not only to this category of experiences but to all stories in all categories.  But what happened to spelling and grammar and punctuation?!?!  I can't read and enjoy a story when every other word is misspelled and there is no grammar or punctuation applied.  When you can't spell "aunt" or "bottle" or other simple words, please pick up a dictionary, or a thesaurus (sorry for the multisyllabic words).  Check your spelling.  And try using a period at the end of a sentence or at least a comma so I know the phrases connect in some way!  No, I am not an English teacher or a grammar teacher or even an Elementary Education teacher, but, I can't stand reading some of these crappily written "stories".  And some of them are just plain out and out fiction.

polonium polonium
41-45, F
6 Responses Mar 16, 2010

Polonium, I agree with you and the others about spelling and punctuation. In the story function of EP, I believe there is a spell checker and there is no good reason why the people can't use that. With the spell checker and period once in a while a lot of the stories would be greatly improved. Oh yeah, and some proof reading would certainly be in order as well.

I do totally appreciate all who try to write stories to amuse and entertain us!! And I certainly I am not trying discourage anyone from writing and sharing. It takes great daring and bravery to write. You are sharing a part of who you are. Yet, I simply wish they would take the time to proof read what is written. I give up reading after a paragraph when I have to decipher what is supposed to be written. And I am sure these people have a unigue perspective or story that I would very much like to enjoy, but can't due to the grammar and punctuation. And I totally agree with ndragon, texting has destroyed the English language. How do you compete with LOL? I just want to be able to READ the stories people share.

If I see in the synopsis of a story nothing but number-speak, internet slang, no punctuation, and texting symbols, I don't even bother reading it.<br />
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I think the main reason for the degradation of English is, young people are not being taught proper language skills in schools to counterbalance all the texting/internet speak. You know, all this "nobody's ever wrong" bullshit. What is it with people using numbers as words, writing in all caps, writing with a complete lack of commas and apostrophes (or apostrophes where they shouldn't be such as making a plural), etc. Then there's all the usual suspects: "there" for "they're", "your" for "you're," "could of" for "could've," etc.<br />
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It drives me nuts to see what's happening to the langugage. The majority of people just couldn't care less. I fail to see how mastering one's own native language can be so difficult.<br />
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I don't expect people to write like a scholar, but for f***'s sake, it is not even remotely asking too much of these people to write a bit clearer.

I stand by my previous comments.<br />
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I don't want to make others, who struggle with this meduim of communication feel so inhibited that it prevents them from participating.<br />
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At the same time I proof read all my stories & comments + when its convenient I also run a spell check. In my opinion its best if other people try to do the same.

I think the most important thing is to be positive.. encourage people to express themselves & share their experiences with us.<br />
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When I was a youngster I had a problems with dyslexia. My spelling was awful & if I tried to write anything the words would come out in a jumble. Also if asked to read anything out loud my tongue would trip over words as I struggled with the pronunciation.<br />
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There were teachers at school who enjoyed ridiculing me in front of the class & orchestrated the other children in laughing & making fun of my difficulties. This baiting just made my problem worse. For a long time I felt extremely inhibited in expressing myself through the written word. <br />
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The situation only improved after I received training in effective communications for business where I was encouraged to adopt a very simple & straightforward approach. <br />
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In more recent years, with the arrival of word processing & spell checks, I’ve begun to enjoy my efforts & work hard on maximising the impact of all my communications.<br />
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If you can coach others into writing in a compelling personal style, that's really easy to read, with perfect spelling & punctuation.. that's fantastic…top notch.<br />
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But if somebody finds it a struggle be supportive & allow them a bit of space to grow into.<br />
Make constructive criticisms but don’t be too ‘picky’. As practice makes perfect. you won’t help somebody to improve if you discourage them from participating.

Like you, I am a teacher. I don't teach English, I teach Science. And I teach mostly students who do not have money, homes or even both parents. But even in science you have to be able to express yourself both verbally and in writing. I don't accept one word answers and incomplete sentences. The students do still attempt incomplete answers. And I keep marking it wrong. It is a bit of a losing battle. And texting doesn't help. <br />
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And like you I learned to type on a manual typewriter. My mom was a typing teacher. I learned to type while I was still in elementary school. I was taught grammar and punctuation, to hell with feeling good. My teachers taught me lessons and skills I use today. They didn't care about how you felt about yourself. I teach the same way. Now, that's not to say that if I have a student bawling in class I won't attempt to find out what is wrong. <br />
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But if you can't express yourself, you are missing a major skill in life! You are, in essence, socially crippled.<br />
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And as you expressed, the students I have who are not native English speakers, their English tends to be better than those students who grew up speaking English.<br />
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I only wrote this because I think there are a lot great stories on this site, but they are unreadable as they are. I'm not trying to put anyone down for their spelling or grammar or punctuation, I'm just regretting that they did not receive the same lessons you and I receive, motherlives. And, we, then, are missing their unique opinions and views and stories.<br />
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And I do apologize for any mistakes I have made. My brain does still work faster than my fingers.