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09 Aug 2017 11:00 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Aug 2017 10:59 a.m. PST

On a scale of 0 (I don't speak English) to 10 (I am a master of the language).

The Beast Rampant09 Aug 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

So, ten is as high as it goes?

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

Well I speak American English well, "English" English not so versed in the idiom.

NickNorthStar Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

Odd question, is it aimed at Englishmen?

To the majority of the population of the world, I'm a 10.

Compared to my Oxbridge educated countrymen, and taking into account my frequent use of expletives, I'm a 5.

MajorB09 Aug 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Like a native. Probably because I are one.

MajorB09 Aug 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

So, ten is as high as it goes?

Nah! Turn it up to 11!!

John the OFM09 Aug 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

I have long retired from active participation, but I am still on the books as the TMP Grammer, and, Speling, Facscist, Emeritus.
Apparently Ser Davos Seaworth has taken up my mantle on Game of Thrones.

There are no 10s. I modestly claim a 9 for meself, hainna?

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 11:31 a.m. PST

Terribly. But I am very fluent in Southern.

David Manley09 Aug 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

Somewhere towards the upper end of the scale.

Although I'd not claim anything like the top spot, I wouldn't want to be accused of being "snobby" or "superior" again :)

Nick Bowler09 Aug 2017 11:39 a.m. PST

Depends who is measuring: link

RudyNelson09 Aug 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

There is a significant difference between reading and speaking English. As a teacher, I have to teach English, reading, every week. As a southerner, I do have a dialect for this region which affects verbal usage. So 10 on reading.

cavcrazy09 Aug 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

I speaks English goodly

tigrifsgt09 Aug 2017 12:22 p.m. PST

I speak American English pretty well. But, my relatives in England and Wales speak a wholly different language.

Sho Boki Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

Probably 2 or 3.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

It is my usual mode of communication so I would say a pretty high number – not that I would utter boasting of my proficiency in elocution of my primary form of articulation

Cerdic09 Aug 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

Not perfect, but better than most.

I'm kept on my toes by the mrs. She is a Cambridge educated English teacher….

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

I grew up hearing English spoken in the home. I passed my written tests. I speak it a little, and can follow spoken English if the speaker isn't going too fast.

Now, I do speak Army, Air Force, Analyst and Bureaucratese with varying levels of fluency, and am sometimes called upon to translate one to another, or any of them into English. (I know a few words of Navy and Marine, but couldn't be said to speak either one.)

Dynaman878909 Aug 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

My teachers would probably say a 2, but what the heck do they know? You know the old saying about those who can do and those can't…

Mister Tibbles09 Aug 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

I be awesome at English grammars, so a nine for I.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

A 10 with a midwest dialect.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

English English equals 8.5

American English equals 10.5

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 1:29 p.m. PST

As I said to the agent from whom I was recently renting a car in London, I usually get by all right in the UK, despite the language barrier.

But in answer to the original question, I'm a native speaker of American English. I talk English real good when I'm in the sticks and speak English fluently when I'm in the city.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

I don't speak English that often.
So when I start I'm a bit nervous. And got a very noticeable Norwegian accent. But after an hour (or intake of medium amount of alcohol) I get back in the grove and probably end up on a 7.5. With a clear American movie accent.

JimDuncanUK09 Aug 2017 2:08 p.m. PST

I speak Scottish but most English speakers will understand me.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 2:08 p.m. PST

I am northern English (Cheshire), so speak it without vowels!!!
I do salute Non Brits who make the effort to speak English, I am often surprised how well they do!
My grasp of foreign languages is…limited!

Ney Ney09 Aug 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

It is not my own language but I try

Ney Ney09 Aug 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

So I say 6?

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

Sorry Herkjeybird, Cheshire is in the Midlands. The North doesn't start until you get to Leeds.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

Born and raised in Chicago, I speak Chicagoin.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

That is, -1.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 6:42 p.m. PST

I speaks it da bestest.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 6:48 p.m. PST

Eleventy Two.

War Panda09 Aug 2017 7:33 p.m. PST

Five past two

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 9:23 p.m. PST

Dude, I'm from California, so, like, you know, don't harsh my mellow by going all digital on me, bro.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Aug 2017 9:24 p.m. PST

Odd question, is it aimed at Englishmen?

No, that would be rather silly. grin

Black Cavalier09 Aug 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

Better than trump, but that's not saying much.

Wolfshanza09 Aug 2017 10:33 p.m. PST

Me tok gud ! (In my dreams) grin

Cacique Caribe09 Aug 2017 10:44 p.m. PST

A "9" then, maybe?


capncarp09 Aug 2017 11:18 p.m. PST

I have an incredible vocabulary and can turn a phrase or twelve exceptionally well--writing. Speaking, I am somewhat more lax and lapse into one of several rural colloquial motifs to express myself, since my wife tells me my word-choice is often too flowery and sounds pretentious. "People don't speak like that!" "But, Dear, I _do_ speak like that naturally!" So, a 10.
Oh. Yes. I am a Registered Punster, on parole. (get it? "parole"? hyukhyukhyuk….)

Robert Burke09 Aug 2017 11:21 p.m. PST

American English: 10

British English: 9

Ten Fingered Jack10 Aug 2017 2:12 a.m. PST

I talk good American.

Giles the Zog10 Aug 2017 3:42 a.m. PST

On a good day 10.
Having faced down some trouble makers at my council's last meeting, with some choice phrases that I now see my councillors repeating, I must be getting something right
(Choice as in its obvious I'm saying Bleeped text in a polite manner)

And, being in a more rural area, this is a good example of how English is spoken:
YouTube link

Giles the Zog10 Aug 2017 3:43 a.m. PST

OOOOh, first language infraction it was shut the….up

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

Used to speak American Corporatese fairly well, but have
been retired for quite a while so have probably lost

As for AmerEnglish – Southern (Basic) 9,
Southern (Regional) 8.5, Northern (Basic) 7,
Northern (Regional) 6.5

Don't speak Californian, Midwestern, etc.

Understand but do not speak Inebriatese…

evilgong10 Aug 2017 3:58 p.m. PST

The train leaves from platform two

DuckanCover10 Aug 2017 8:22 p.m. PST

Fluent in North American English (Middle American US dialects- 10). Have been told I'm competent in both Central Sydney and Western Sydney dialects of Australian English (to a value of 9 and 8, respectively) Competency in Sydney dialect has allowed me to converse with citizens of Newcastle (NSW) and environs. Have managed to make myself understood, in telephone conversations, to speakers of Melbourne and Brisbane dialects (to a value of 8 and 7, respectively).

Not sure how I'd fare with the British variant (maybe a 5?)…


KSmyth10 Aug 2017 8:29 p.m. PST

My students often accuse me of having a "Smyth language" so that would prevent me from being a 10, not that it's really important.

nsolomon9910 Aug 2017 9:20 p.m. PST

My hovercraft is full of eels.

Old Wolfman11 Aug 2017 7:10 a.m. PST

Not perfect,but understandable for the most part.

Earl of the North11 Aug 2017 12:15 p.m. PST

You Amuricans should talk proper like what I does! evil grin

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