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Unfortunately for us English speakers, Mandarin is much harder to learn than English is for Mandarin speakers
I disagree. Mandarin isn't a very hard language. Chinese writing, however, is very much harder than English writing to learn... But even then, once you have a thousand characters or so down, the rest are a lot easier to learn.
How would you know what the most common mistakes are with Chilean speakers of English? Do you speak in English much to Latinos? I've met a great deal of foreigners, and I am most impressed with the English of continental Europeans. South Americans don't tend to have great English, and neither do Asians, where Japan seems to have the best speakers, disregarding pronunciation.
I have a few Chilean friends, and they do tend to make a lot of mistakes.
And just in case you think that your English is perfect, you should know that it is not. Here are some corrections:
"like an poorly" should be
"like a poorly"
You should have a comma like so:
"excuse my poor english," since
"excuse my poor english", since
depending on style guide. Basically, you need a comma there.
"poorly educated American would fool people"
"poorly educated American, you would fool people"
Missing comma and not reiterating the subject (you) in the second clause.
In fact you are an arsehole for judging where someone is from simply from how they typed. Guessing is fine. Making a solid judgment and believing it to be true... not so fine. You are a complete idiot in fact.
From your obnoxiousness, I am certain that you are not human, and would never believe you otherwise. Humans just aren't that stupid.
It has depreciated. Back in 1976, an "s" took up 1B/100KB on my floppy disk. That was 16,000 words - a novel could take 10 to 20+ disks. Say, out of those 16,000 words, I used the possessive form of a name ending with 's' about 100 times. By using "...s'" instead of "...s's" I could save 100B, adding about 16 words to a disk (0.1%). Vice versa, adding the 's' would cost me 16 words on a disk, extend the novel by a disk, and make it not fit in my standard package! Costing me an extra 50c in postage!!
That extra 's' had a truly quantifiable cost.
Now, the 's' has depreciated so much that I can use them very liberally, and never have to worry about the cost using them. It was in 1986 that my novels stopped saying "Ross' banana" and now say "Ross's banana". Only a few of my readers noticed the change, and fewer still were confused by it.
It is common knowledge within certain programming and Internet addict communities that Chromium is open sourced. For people outside these communities (which is the vast majority of humankind) it is not common knowledge.
Feel happy when you can enlighten someone to a piece of knowledge. But don't lord it over them. They are sure to know many things common to their communities of which you have no idea. The first step to being accepted by people (getting friends, wife, getting along with workmates etc.) is learning how to accept people.
Dissing someone for not knowing what Chromium is just reeks of an inferiority complex. Learn to accept that others know things you don't know; and you know things that others don't know.
Should I say you've been living under a rock because you don't know these basic concepts of social behaviour, which are ubiquitous across different cultures and time periods? No, it is much better to tell, convince, persuade. Resorting to insults, or astonishment which implies disrespect is just aggressive behaviour, which is something which most societies do not accept (except for the fact that people being aggressive to one another can be fairly entertaining).
If someone asks "what animal does beef come from?", there are several ways to respond. I will list two.
- Cows. [conversation moves on]
- Are you stupid? Have you been living in an igloo for your entire life? It's common knowledge that beef comes from cows.
[person who asked question now feels incredibly stupid and will respond either with aggression, or avoidance of you. Either way, they will not like you]
[alternatively, you will receive a lecture from the politeness police]