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It might be an odd question but how to handle bad English By handle I mean: understand it and correct it. Sometimes you meet phrases that are written in very bad English. Mostly the work of poor translators. When you read these articles you can't surely know if what you've understood is what is really written. You always have to guess. There are many examples on the web.

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    "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." ~ Reinhold Niebuhr – Mick Nov 29 '16 at 17:19
  • @Mick it's not that bad – SovereignSun Nov 29 '16 at 17:32
  • I regret that I must inform you (though you may find it consoling) that most very bad English is written not by poor translators but by incompetent native speakers. – StoneyB Nov 29 '16 at 17:48
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    @StoneyB this cannot be. Natives making mistakes and writing incorrectly? Oh, you mustabe kiddin'. – SovereignSun Nov 29 '16 at 17:55
  • Is this a meta question or one about English as a whole? – BladorthinTheGrey Nov 29 '16 at 18:23
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  1. Remember the person who writes poor English might be a literary genius in their native language. Second languages can be hard, especially if you're not regularly exposed to native speakers.

  2. There is always a logic behind every sentence, no matter how poorly formed. If you are familiar with the quirks of a particular language, you can sometimes guess what the native speaker of that language is trying to say in English, just filtered through what is familiar to them.

  3. English is a notoriously difficult language. It has many common quirks that make no logical sense and which must be memorized. It contradicts itself all over the place, and nuances vary widely from dialect to dialect.

Perhaps more than any other language, English speakers get used to non-native speakers trying to communicate in English and (hopefully) learn to "read between the lines" when something is unclear. Of course there are many people who won't bother, but as someone who has been in the same situation in many other countries where I didn't speak the native language, I try to empathize with what anyone is trying to say.

  • Is it because English is such a popular language? – SovereignSun Nov 29 '16 at 17:44
  • @SovereignSun like it or not English is the primary language of international commerce and diplomacy. Many countries require students to study it as their main foreign language (although they may choose to study another as an elective), and so you have people all over the world speaking it imperfectly, but nevertheless communicating. – Andrew Nov 29 '16 at 17:52
  • I love English, really, but I hate it when i can't understand something that I must be able to understand. – SovereignSun Nov 29 '16 at 17:56
  • @SovereignSun especially see my #2 comment. Remember there must be a logic behind every sentence. Could you post an example of something that you really find frustrating and I can explain how I might try to understand it? – Andrew Nov 29 '16 at 17:58
  • I've been doing research on short hairstyles and haircuts and found a web site with ridiculous English, short-haircut.com/really-cool-asymmetrical-pixie-cut-pics.html – SovereignSun Nov 29 '16 at 18:33

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