https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffreyLK

My first post

I apologise if the way I write is confusing but English is my native language and I am not well educated. I find sometimes when I read the forum I have to look up words that the more educated use.

But I really enjoy using Duo.

I love the fact that it is always getting updated and I learn so much from the forums. People have great ideas and helpful advice on how to learn and that really has helped me.

Thank you to the people who make the site possible and thank you to the people who post very useful information.

Anyway thanks for the free education and keeping my mind active with learning new things

April 30, 2019

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

Uneducated?! What?! @_@ I know many educated people who will never write as good as you! ^ pro skills right there! ;D Nice post! (my first post was no way as good as yours, no way!)

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidYoung536430

Hi Jeffrey,

I'd say welcome to Duolingo but I noticed your level in French and realized you've been here longer than I have. At the rate you're going I suspect you'll soon have to give up on the idea of being "not well educated". Congratulations on level 25 in French. Let us know your favorite books.

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffreyLK

Well, my favorite book would be "Harpo Speaks" Harpo Marx's Autobiography. Worth the read if you can find a copy. Now Harpo Marx is truly a great example of a self-educated man.

Followed by Harry Harrison's West of Eden. A very Interesting story with a very involved original language. Harry Harrison also used Esperanto in his stainless steel rats stories.

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Good post, good English! (Ignore the spam).

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffreyLK

I would like to thank you all for your kind and encouraging comments. It's nice to see such a strong and supportive online community.

I feel I should point out that my apology was for using English in a way that may be confusing for non-native speakers and was not in any way self-deprecating.

When I was younger I always looked up words I did not understand in the dictionary and would also use a thesaurus when I was writing a song. Now I find google covers all these needs. The wonders of the twenty-first century.

These forums are a treat for me because I learn from them.

For example Voracious is an adjective used to describe a wolflike appetite.

I did not know this Yesterday and today I do.

Thank you

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

I didn't know that either, thanks! :)

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leafhuntress

An education doesn't stop when you leave school. Reading words that you do not know & have to look up is one of the ways in which we learn.

This is one of the reasons i dislike the notion that everything should be presented as simple as possible. If a supposedly difficult word is needed that one fears not everyone may be familiar with one should use a footnote. We really need to see more footnotes.

All hail the mighty footnote!

Which is unfortunately on its way to become a footnote in writing...

Perhaps others could join me in a footnote appreciation society?

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Bye-the-bye Jeffrey, i do not know how old you are,(don't share on the forums!) but if you happen to be an older gentleman, it could be that your schooling - and your idea of education - was hampered by an undiagnosed learning disability like dyslexia.

Many older people are finding out that they weren't whatever an unkind teacher may have told them they were, but that they can & do learn better with other or newer teaching methods or a little bit of help.

Greetings, leafs

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Corinnebelle

Some people were just told they were dumb, but they aren't! Thinking outside the box is a gift and learning in the school of life teaches you stuff you never learn in school. You are what you believe!

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffreyLK

I'm not old enough to remember the moon landing but old enough to have been taught with a blackboard and chalk.

And yes footnotes are like the dodo, enjoyable and easy to get.

If dyslexic where I notice by now would have I. 1

  1. Yoda. Dagobah circa a long long time ago.
May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azlewis-o-

I was born right after George W Bush Retired

May 3, 2019

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    I like positive posts like yours, thank you.

    April 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roman1777

    and I like positive comments like yours :)

    April 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simoneatt11

    and I like positive comments to positive comments :P

    April 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul933981

    Double plus good :-)

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

    I must commend your literary reference.

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jayda85538

    Your English is much better than some people I know, haha

    Also, you're really high up in Japanese! You're also doing great in French. It's okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessert-Rose

    Hi Jeff!
    Your English isn't bad at all!
    I agree. Duolingo is a great website, or shall I say place.
    Good luck with French, and have a wonderful day! AP4418

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doug922257

    Hi Jeff, That is a lovely post you have made. English is my native language too and I have found that by using Duolingo to learn another language that it has improved my English too

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

    Your first post was excellent and your English is amazing! keep up the excellent work!

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daawesomes2

    Agreed...

    April 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SofiaShakh

    Отлично))) Keep your efforts up.

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ImagineDragons..

    Great first post! ;)

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meital640

    You look very educated! :D

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Free_Shavacadoo

    Good job on this post, It's very well written and positive. Good luck with your learning!! ~KD

    "If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." -John D. Rockefeller

    May 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Totengott

    Don't confuse "not well educated" with unintelligent. I've met many people who lack a formal education and whom are highly intelligent and successful. I've also met my fair share of university-educated individuals who are dumber than a sack of hammers! If you remain willing to learn (and it sounds like you are), you don't necessarily need a formal education.

    Your writing is not bad at all. I'm also a native English speaker and I love the language! I read voraciously and I have a pretty good command of the spoken and written language. One of my pet peeves is trying to read a news article written by a paid, professional journalist that looks like it was written by an 8-year old. Atrocious spelling and grammar! Your post didn't make me cringe, so it's all good.

    I'll finish up by agreeing with (and paraphrasing) one of the other commenters: don't apologize for who you are.

    P.S. Someone mentioned the possibility of dyslexia. I'm not sure if that applies to you or not, but my significant other is dyslexic and a free open-source font called "open-dyslexic" really helps her with reading print on the screen. A little Google-fu will help you find it, if you think it might be useful.

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

    Good post, make the next one better by not apologizing. Take comfort you are doing the best you can and don't need to apologize.

    April 30, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul933981

    Hi Jeffrey, as far as this forum is concerned, you're way better educated than me. I'm only at level 17 in one language. You'd have absolutely no reason to apologize even if you didn't write as well as you do. Thanks for the post and hope to see more from you in future. Best wishes - Paul

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angelina667481

    There are some educated people who doesn't even understand the meaning of their made sentence. For example there's one professor at university who writes books and creates exam questions for his students. His students doesn't understand the meaning of his question and doesn't know how to answer and asks their lecturer how to answer them. The thing is the professor himself doesn't know the answers to his questions. Sorry if it's hard to understand what I write but English isn't my first language.

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffreyLK

    Thank you for responding. I understood what you said.

    May 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azlewis-o-

    You sound pretty educated to me!

    May 3, 2019
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