Jul 10th, 2007, 08:25 pm
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Join Date: Oct 30th, 2006
Location: Eastbourne, UK
| | Re: Has teaching English abroad affected the quality of the English you speak?
Denis, I have been in Korea for almost 2 years now. My wife is Korean and I have to speak Korean outside but my wife and I speak in English or Korean (depends on the circumstances). However, my wife's English is still very good and she can pronounce English like a British but she has started to say things like a Korean (countables, uncountables mainly). It is amusing to hear her conjugate a verb into past tense and hear "I wroted". Always cracks us up.
Anyways, I have said mostly to Koreans in English "You like what????", "This you have", "Why you here?" etc etc. It is mostly the small sentences or questions that are affected. However, if I stay in Korea for 10 years my English will be worst.
I try to get to go home every year but it is difficult from time to time. I just subscribe to Podcasts and listen, mainly, to Ricky Gervais and other comedy shows.