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Nancy5

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Did I flunk English?
« on: May 10, 2019, 08:21:06 am »
Last night we went out to dinner.  This is the fifth time I heard the hostess say "Can I sit you"?  Shouldn't it be can I seat you?  Am I wrong or did I sleep through English.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 09:49:04 am »
Was the person from another country?  They tend to screw up the English language all the time.  You can always tell when that is who you are on live chat with as well when you read things like

Let me explain you this

And other foolish lines.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 12:18:18 pm »
Last night we went out to dinner.  This is the fifth time I heard the hostess say "Can I sit you"?  Shouldn't it be can I seat you?  Am I wrong or did I sleep through English.

Maybe she wanted to sit on you.  :angry7:

And it should be "may I please seat you." Right?


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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 12:22:18 pm »
Last night we went out to dinner.  This is the fifth time I heard the hostess say "Can I sit you"?  Shouldn't it be can I seat you?  Am I wrong or did I sleep through English.

Maybe she wanted to sit on you.  :angry7:

And it should be "may I please seat you." Right?


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If someone said "may I seat you please" I would think they were foolish.  Probably would if they said "can I seat you".  Both sound very unprofessional.  Usually they ask would you like a booth or a table.  Or just ask how many is in the party.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019, 12:29:08 pm »
Last night we went out to dinner.  This is the fifth time I heard the hostess say "Can I sit you"?  Shouldn't it be can I seat you?  Am I wrong or did I sleep through English.

When I thought about it a little more, it could be their accent. Sit and seat may sound the same to them as they speak it, but different to you as you hear it.

I generally like it when I hear people speak with an accent. And when I speak to Hispanic people, they usually say they like my accent. I'm thinkin', "what accent?"  :dontknow:  It's all about your perspective, I suppose.


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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2019, 12:38:13 pm »
Was the person from another country?  They tend to screw up the English language all the time.  You can always tell when that is who you are on live chat with as well when you read things like

Let me explain you this

And other foolish lines.


Yo, countrygirl12, have you ever tried to speak a foreign language? The way we speak to others who speak a different language can sound pretty funny to them as well.

I took Spanish and made straight "A's", while the Hispanic students got lower grades. However, when I attempted conversation, I was a poor second to them. I spoke to others as though I were a five-year-old child.  :P

Besides, English is a really difficult language to master. I love it, but it's tough. That includes spelling and grammar.


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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 02:49:22 pm »
Last night we went out to dinner.  This is the fifth time I heard the hostess say "Can I sit you"?  Shouldn't it be can I seat you?  Am I wrong or did I sleep through English.

When I thought about it a little more, it could be their accent. Sit and seat may sound the same to them as they speak it, but different to you as you hear it.

I generally like it when I hear people speak with an accent. And when I speak to Hispanic people, they usually say they like my accent. I'm thinkin', "what accent?"  :dontknow:  It's all about your perspective, I suppose.


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Most of the hispanics around here do not have any accept but they speak very poorly as far as grammar is concerned.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2019, 02:50:34 pm »
Was the person from another country?  They tend to screw up the English language all the time.  You can always tell when that is who you are on live chat with as well when you read things like

Let me explain you this

And other foolish lines.


Yo, countrygirl12, have you ever tried to speak a foreign language? The way we speak to others who speak a different language can sound pretty funny to them as well.

I took Spanish and made straight "A's", while the Hispanic students got lower grades. However, when I attempted conversation, I was a poor second to them. I spoke to others as though I were a five-year-old child.  :P

Besides, English is a really difficult language to master. I love it, but it's tough. That includes spelling and grammar.


:fish:

If you are going to work in customer service and deal with people who speak English then you need to be able to fluently and correct speak the language.

My point was even in "live chat" you can tell when you are conversing with someone from India or where ever they are from.  They cannot grasp or understand what you are saying or asking and they way they word things even when typed is a little crazy.  I cannot remember the one phrase that was said to me several times in recent months when dealing with Amazon and also PayPal.  But it was the same way every time.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2019, 02:52:20 pm by countrygirl12 »

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2019, 06:09:07 pm »
You are correct.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2019, 08:20:56 pm »
I fractured a bone in my hand last week and had it x-rayed in the ER and put in a cast.  The next day the ER doctor, who seemed Middle Eastern to me, called to tell me they also found some bone spurs in my "tum."  I was confused. Then I realized what he meant and I replied, Oh, in my thumb."  He said, "yes, in your tum."  I thought it was funny, but makes communication a little more difficult.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2019, 08:42:16 pm »
    Oh, lighten up, accents are charming.  As far as gramer goes, some in this forum don't know the difference between 'accept' and 'except', Bahahahaha!  Glass houses.....................

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2019, 09:14:42 pm »
    Oh, lighten up, accents are charming.  As far as gramer goes, some in this forum don't know the difference between 'accept' and 'except', Bahahahaha!  Glass houses.....................

I see what you did there.  ;)

(Also it's 'grammar', not gramer. Sorry, couldn't help it.)

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2019, 03:01:01 am »
When it comes to grammar I am the worst, sorry cant help you here

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2019, 06:39:08 am »
Was the person from another country?  They tend to screw up the English language all the time.  You can always tell when that is who you are on live chat with as well when you read things like

Let me explain you this

And other foolish lines.


Yo, countrygirl12, have you ever tried to speak a foreign language? The way we speak to others who speak a different language can sound pretty funny to them as well.

I took Spanish and made straight "A's", while the Hispanic students got lower grades. However, when I attempted conversation, I was a poor second to them. I spoke to others as though I were a five-year-old child.  :P

Besides, English is a really difficult language to master. I love it, but it's tough. That includes spelling and grammar.


:fish:

If you are going to work in customer service and deal with people who speak English then you need to be able to fluently and correct speak the language.

My point was even in "live chat" you can tell when you are conversing with someone from India or where ever they are from.  They cannot grasp or understand what you are saying or asking and they way they word things even when typed is a little crazy.  I cannot remember the one phrase that was said to me several times in recent months when dealing with Amazon and also PayPal.  But it was the same way every time.
Patience and kindness go a long way.If we treat others that way hopefully we will get treated back the same way.We can understand others have a bad  day and hopefully they can understand if we do too.

This has nothing to do with a bad day.  It has everything to do with not knowing the language.  Good day or bad day the customer service I have dealt with lately were so poorly versed with the English language that is was pathetic.  I had one idiot almost closed my credit card (which cannot be just reopened) because the stupid idiot could not understand what I was saying.  This is about being stupid not having a bad day.

Companies need to hire customer service to serve the country they are from.

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Re: Did I flunk English?
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2019, 06:40:54 am »
I fractured a bone in my hand last week and had it x-rayed in the ER and put in a cast.  The next day the ER doctor, who seemed Middle Eastern to me, called to tell me they also found some bone spurs in my "tum."  I was confused. Then I realized what he meant and I replied, Oh, in my thumb."  He said, "yes, in your tum."  I thought it was funny, but makes communication a little more difficult.

I don't think I would have thought that was funny.  I had a middle eastern doctor once that I was referred to who came in asking me stupid questions and I was like what are you talking about.  He had the wrong folder.
This is a very serious mistake. One that could cost me my life if I were unconscious or in surgery.

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