Never apologize for your fluency in english.
If you have a different mother tongue, you are under no obligation to know english at all, let alone fluent english.
Never let anyone make you feel bad for not speaking proper english.
Be proud of your mother tongue.
Why should we learn their language when they mock and refuse to learn our own.
Excuse me. I find this very offensive.
English is not my mother tongue. It’s my second language. Officially. But with the way the system works in my country, it could well be my mother tongue for all God cares.
Back to the point. Do you know how much it grates on my nerves to have someone speak/write bad (and I’m being kind here; many of my teachers would label it as broken) English and act all self righteous about it?
Kid, I spent my WHOLE LIFE learning and polishing my use of this language and you just come along and destroy half of all the grammar rules I know. What’s worse, I’m an instinctual learner when it comes to language which means that I may not exactly know which rule you broke but I know that something is grossly wrong and it’s like this itch at the back of my mind which I cannot scratch. And you put on this self righteous front of “Hey! At least I tried! Why are you criticizing me!”
WELL BIG NEWS. That’s not good enough.
Trying means exhausting every possible avenue of learning and improving the language. Trying means, if there are 12 levels of classes for that particular language in a language school, you clear all 12. Trying is practicing the language at every given opportunity, even when you look stupid for doing so, APOLOGIZING when you’ve made a mistake and CORRECTING the mistakes you’ve made. NOT WRITING THEM OFF SIMPLY BY SAYING THAT ENGLISH IS NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE.
Oh and to answer that question on top, it grates on my nerves just as much as it grates on yours when someone butchers your mother tongue for extended periods of time and act like they should be praised for their efforts.
Oh and for those douches who are going to criticise me for being able to say this just because I only speak English, I speak 3 languages and am a rookie in another one. Also I’m probably picking one more up in the the next few years so kthxbai