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I'm typing up more "learner writings" for our 10 year anniversary edition. Here's one of the sentences I came across,

"How could the teachers let someone grauated who dident no how to subtract or know her maltuple cashion"

Wow. I mean, just think about it. Deborah used to think that "drawer" started with a "j." Say it aloud. It sounds like a j. Someone who had never seen "multiplication" could easily see that as two words, and honestly, "maltuple cashion" is some wonderful sounding-out.

I'll probably add to this as I type.

ADDENDUM: toward and towards. Explain.

ADDENDUM: Memorial Day.. we barbeque and go to the beach.. because our country's dead heroes were barbequed.. at the beach?

ADDENDUM: More funny funny. Not grammatical, but cultural.

When I first arrived in the United States, I felt lonely because many things were strange with me. America’s traditions are different from China: Americans speak English, but I don’t understand what they say. Americans eat raw vegetables…



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Aug. 4th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
so what exactly are learner writings? (i probably missed out if you explained them before--sorry!)
Aug. 4th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
At Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (LVLC) we offer adult literacy classes. One-on-one tutors, really. One of the things they do in the class is write stories. We publish them. Many of these people are in our program year after year, so it's neat to track their progress, and it shows the community (tutors, donors, people who run the program) that good things are happening in these peoples lives because they have learned to read. We do both ESOL and Basic Reading. In these books, they are combined together. It's neat to guess (before looking at the name) whether the person is froma different country or whether they just never learned to read here in the U.S.
Aug. 4th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
please do! Those are funny.

When I was gathering cop reports here in Birmingham I was amazed at the horrible grammar and spelling of police officers. Here are some of the best:

"Suspect shot him in left arm, right thigh, and graced his left side."

"Officer observed that the listed vic. was critical due to the stabb wounds that surrounded his body, which the def. had infected towards him." -- Birmingham police report about a Jan. 1, 2004 homicide.

"Vic stated the susp. came to his home to tell him that he was the father of his three year old daughter. Vic stated that he found that the information was true through his lawer. Vic stated he always notice that the susp. is every where he go." Birmingham Police report from Jan. 21, 2004.
Aug. 4th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
What's the toward/towards business?
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
when is each appropriate
Aug. 4th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Toward is the only correct one, according to Foley. Same with forward, backward, afterward, etc.

I still use the 's' a lot though.
Aug. 5th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
That memorial day one was terrible....
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