Super Moderator Emeritus
- Jan 13, 2010
Colin, also known as (AKA) angloasturian, recently posted in mauve's important thread A small request benefit us foreigners a number of very helpful links for everyone, whether English is our first language or our fifth.
I've taken the heads up from mauve's thread, along with the responses within, and have created this sticky thread where I hope it will catch everyone's attention. I encourage other members to add in their own helpful posts and links here, as well.Last year I made the following suggestion:
'Owing to my background as an English teacher in a foreign country I find it reasonably easy to put myself in non – native speakers’ shoes when I read posts.
We native – speakers blithely put in acronyms like BTW, AFAIK, IMHO or FOV, DOF, PP etc. and expect everybody to understand them. Imagine somebody wrote ‘ Live View is WYSIWYG’ – we’d probably understand it but a non – native speaker would be reaching for his English – Klingon dictionary.
OK, jokes apart – my suggestion is to have a section where a few basic tools are easily accessible – perhaps the ‘Links’ section would be appropriate:
Internet acronyms: Internet Acronyms Dictionary
Photographic acronyms or terms: http://www.wonderfulphotos.com/artic...eras/acronyms/
Terms beginning with "C"
to give just a few examples.
I see we now have 4,383 members – but how many of them actually participate in posts or upload photos? A very very small percentage. I suspect it’s because they find the prospect of writing in the kind of English they read here to be beyond their capabilities. How about an open letter inviting all non – native speakers to join in, whatever their level? – we may criticize their photos, but not their English!