Welllllllllll. Yes there was. Didn't want to admit it, but since you asked. Second place was American Ebonics. I work with teenagers in the southeastern United States. What can I say. I suppose that's my second language. Third place was Singaporean. I have no idea what that says about me.
Guesses for original language were American English, Danish, and Swedish.
I did that test on TT. My 3 languages for English were Standard American, Singaporean or Ebonics! And as native languages, I was offered Romanian, Chinese or Greek. So....I don't think it's all that accurate.
Post by patricklondon on Jul 16, 2014 17:19:30 GMT
Some confusion between what one would normally/natively do, and what one already knows to be acceptable variations in other dialects, but it guessed me right. Apart from deciding that my possible second and third native languages were Hungarian and Finnish (?! -does that mean Hungarians and Finns are commonly taught what I was taught as "proper" English?)
Their guesses for my English dialect: 1) American standard; 2) Canadian; 3) Singaporean
For my native language, they suggest: 1) English; 2) Norwegian; 3) Swedish
I think there were some typos in the test itself. There were a couple of instances where it seemed that the "to" in an infinitive was left out by mistake, rather than by design. Also, in some questions it seemed that to get an accurate reading, the question should have been "what feels right", rather than "what is grammatically correct"? For instance, I would never say "The people is angry", whereas I'm willing to accept that construction could be grammatically correct. And I'm positive one question had no grammatically correct answers.
Lizzy -- you can either make a new thread in Where Words Collide, copying & pasting your post in #1411 as the OP, or I can move that post & all the responses to the thread "English as a Cultural Binder" in Where Words Collide. It can also be left here. Leaving the topic here means that it will eventually get pushed back & probably never discovered by people who might be interested in it. Your choice.
Sure, why don't you move the whole thing, Bixa? That way all the replies will stay together.
Because everyone here who has taken the test so far are born English speakers, I don't think we can say for sure if the grammar in the test is wrong or whether some of the multiple choice answers were deliberately worded to reflect different patois and dialects. For instance, I would never say, "The people is angry", but someone who is ESL might. I had a friend who came from Sicily to Vancouver at the age of 3, but still referred to spaghetti as "them".
Never mind, it'll be fine where it is, Bixa. I didn't place the post elsewhere originally because I thought it was a fluffy little thing that would go by without much notice. So sorry to cause a problem.
I recognized all of the Singaporean replies immediately since I have been there so many times and have Singaporean friends. So I don't know how I could be considered to be Singaporean in any way since I never gave any of those replies.
Post by patricklondon on Jul 23, 2014 20:03:20 GMT
There was a trick question to identify Ozzies...something that is a fundamental phrase we use that is grammatically incorrect but part of our dialect.
"She'll be right"? Not grammatically incorrect, though. I expect Margaret Thatcher's supporters said it all the time about whatever she was going to say next.
(I had to work through it again to find that, and this time it got me even closer as English/Welsh/Scots, though I was deliberately marking Irish and American usages as natural/correct, even though I wouldn't say them).