Fluency and spelling (was: Advanced English to become official!)
|Date:||Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 17:56|
--- "B. Garcia" <madyaas@...> wrote:
> In Mexico, I saw a lot more errors from middle school students:
> - Frequent mixup of B and V with a preference for B
> - Use of LL where Y is to be expected: llo - yo
> - Reduction of "que" to "k" (I know, this isn't really orthographic as
> much as a slangy abbreviation), or to "ke"
> There were a few others I've forgotten.
> On Apr 5, 2005 9:13 PM, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote:
> > > Hmm, I started to develop the ability to make any mistakes, it
> > > seems. :-) Earlier on, when I had just learned English, I would not
> > > mix up "it's" and "its", but now, I also do that.
> Well, at least you'll appear to be a native speaker :)
I read Spanish well enough to notice quirky problems, but I don't speak it well
enough to have developed them. I do think it comes with fluency. And any
mistakes in my conlangs would have to be chalked up to incompetence rather than
In English, while I catch its/it's or they're/their/there almost instantly when
I'm reading, sometimes my fingers will type or write the wrong one. I usually
catch it right away, but I don't always until I reread it. Different circuits
for reading and writing, I guess. When I read, I just read; I don't hear the
words in my head. But when I write I do, so maybe there's an extra layer there.
And since this email is about these things, I probably didn't catch one of them
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