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
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
I like positive posts like yours, thank you.
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
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
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
Your first post was excellent and your English is amazing! keep up the excellent work!
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.
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
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.
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
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.