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Someone Mocked A Russian Woman For Her Accent In English And She Delivered A Brutal Comeback
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Someone Mocked A Russian Woman For Her Accent In English And She Delivered A Brutal Comeback

Learning a foreign language is seriously tough, it takes patience, dedication and courage and anyone who has been able to do it deserves respect. Can you imagine then, conversing with others in their language, and instead of appreciating your efforts they decide to mock your accent instead?

24 year-old Cody, from California, is a linguist, author and musician. As he speaks several languages himself, he can empathize with the effort that it takes to learn. He shared a story about a Russian friend of his, who was mocked for her way of speaking in English. Now, for a foreign speaker, English is not an easy language to master, it is a ‘mongrel’ language, consisting of Germanic, Celtic and Romance influences. The grammar structure is not consistent and there are many exceptions that don’t really make sense, they just need to be remembered. This Russian girl, obviously bright and capable and not to be messed with in English, let alone her native tongue, wasn’t about to be belittled by somebody who doesn’t have a clue what it means to communicate in a foreign language.

Scroll down below to check out her brutal comeback for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments. Do you speak another language? Have you experienced this kind of treatment before? Join the discussion!

Cody, 24 from California, shared a story about a Russian friend who was mocked for her accent when speaking English

It started a conversation about how under-appreciated people who make the effort to speak your language sometimes are

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r3dd3v1lL
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3 years ago

She made a mistake because in russian the articles are attached at the end of the word. It's really weird for russian (and other people) when they start learning english to separate the articles and place them before the word. Also one thing I've always found strange (and difficult) about english is the complete lack of logic or reason behind spelling and pronunciation- you write "queue", but pronounce it "ku:". Or just think about how you would pronounce these three different sentences: "Today I will READ a book", "Yesterday I READ a book", "The cover of the book is RED". English is completely bonkers, what I like about russian is that 90% of the time what you write is what you pronounce.

Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

This sentence is grammar perfect -- "This exceeding trifling witling, considering ranting criticizing concerning adopting fitting wording being exhibiting transcending learning, was displaying, notwithstanding ridiculing, surpassing boasting swelling reasoning, respecting correcting erring writing, and touching detecting deceiving arguing during debating"

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Saw some video of a japanese guy making noodles. He was speaking english, but with his natural accent and words were a little hard to understand. There were lots of comments about his bad english, with some likes. And then there was a comment with allmost 1000 likes : "everyone who keeps complaining about how badly he speaks english, but keep in mind that he speaks english better than you speak japanese. " That was a life lesson for me.

Tobias Meiner
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3 years ago

@Jo Johannsen - I'm not speaking about 'flawless' delivery, which tends to be rare even among native speakers but a correct use of language. The original response indicates high level of fluency, so pointing out that a flaw, despite being minor from linguistic standpoint, may be construed as a significant lack of skill. This is valuable advice, not something you need to lambast someone for. @JDeer - I agree wholeheartedly, but as I said before, the quoted response shows a high degree of fluency and mastery of language, so it was not a beginner by any means. At that point it is immature to get upset if someone corrects you. Also, the critique was civil and pointed out a potential problem that can lead to embarrassment.

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Ola Polowczyk
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3 years ago

I love the comment "They are speaking your language because you don't know theirs" <3

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r3dd3v1lL
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3 years ago

She made a mistake because in russian the articles are attached at the end of the word. It's really weird for russian (and other people) when they start learning english to separate the articles and place them before the word. Also one thing I've always found strange (and difficult) about english is the complete lack of logic or reason behind spelling and pronunciation- you write "queue", but pronounce it "ku:". Or just think about how you would pronounce these three different sentences: "Today I will READ a book", "Yesterday I READ a book", "The cover of the book is RED". English is completely bonkers, what I like about russian is that 90% of the time what you write is what you pronounce.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
3 years ago

This sentence is grammar perfect -- "This exceeding trifling witling, considering ranting criticizing concerning adopting fitting wording being exhibiting transcending learning, was displaying, notwithstanding ridiculing, surpassing boasting swelling reasoning, respecting correcting erring writing, and touching detecting deceiving arguing during debating"

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

Saw some video of a japanese guy making noodles. He was speaking english, but with his natural accent and words were a little hard to understand. There were lots of comments about his bad english, with some likes. And then there was a comment with allmost 1000 likes : "everyone who keeps complaining about how badly he speaks english, but keep in mind that he speaks english better than you speak japanese. " That was a life lesson for me.

Tobias Meiner
Community Member
3 years ago

@Jo Johannsen - I'm not speaking about 'flawless' delivery, which tends to be rare even among native speakers but a correct use of language. The original response indicates high level of fluency, so pointing out that a flaw, despite being minor from linguistic standpoint, may be construed as a significant lack of skill. This is valuable advice, not something you need to lambast someone for. @JDeer - I agree wholeheartedly, but as I said before, the quoted response shows a high degree of fluency and mastery of language, so it was not a beginner by any means. At that point it is immature to get upset if someone corrects you. Also, the critique was civil and pointed out a potential problem that can lead to embarrassment.

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Ola Polowczyk
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3 years ago

I love the comment "They are speaking your language because you don't know theirs" <3

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