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Idioms usage by non-native speakers [closed]

Is there an academic reference that may help foreign people in learning common American idioms to expand their vocabulary, and make their communication to sound more natural? Also if such reference(s) ...
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What’s so funny about “You are winner”? [closed]

I came across one slang thing: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=You%27re%20Winner! While understand that it is grammatically incorrect and you must say "You are the winner", I don't get ...
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Is “wanna” more common with non-native speakers?

Is the word "wanna" (as opposed to "want to") more common in the writing of non-native speakers than in the writing of native speakers of English? Is this effect more pronounced when you exclude ...
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Histonic cancer: Ok English? Or, Japanese English?

Histonic cancer Would this term be understood by English-speaking medical professionals? Google shows only 53 hits, and all are from Japanese or Chinese sites. If it is not natural English, ...
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the and thee (I prefer to pronounce it as thuh all the time) [closed]

My question is can I always pronounce THE with thuh instead of thee? Because unlike "a" "an" rule, pronouncing "thee" seems cumbersome for some people (including me) Note that I know the "emphasis" ...
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What is the expected response to someone saying “Happy Vacations” to you? [closed]

Someone has messaged me: Happy vacations. Are the following replies correct? Now it would be good. Same to you too! Or should it be Same to you too! Now it would be good. I want it to sound ...
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If a word is coined / popularized / used only or mainly by second-language speakers of English, is it still considered to be an English word?

It seems that there are quite a few terms that look like English and are used in English spoken by non-fluent or fluent but nonnative speakers of English as a second language amongst themselves, but ...
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Are there words native speakers don't use? [closed]

This question reminded me of a question I've often asked myself: is there such a thing as a non-native vocabulary? I can think offhand of three words that I have only heard from foreigners: the one ...
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A question about the Ancient Greek word 'πνρ' in Arher Machen's “The Shining Pyramid” [closed]

Has anyone read this novel? I am quite puzzled. πνρ is the derivation of fire. Has fire anything to do with Pyramid?
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heavy or strong taste in doing things [closed]

Is there a phrase or word to express "have a heavy/strong taste in doing things or about sex" can I use "hardcore" ijn this situation?
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Vehicles stop and people peek out of the window [closed]

The street is filled with vehicles and people. Suddenly, the whole place vibrates for a couple of seconds and then stops. Suddenly, earthquake shakes the street. Pedestrians puzzle and look around. ...
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To have something done [closed]

I have commentaries which should be sent to a server. After doing it, I'll say: I have got all the commentaries sent. Does my sentence sound natural?
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What is the actual difference in the following statements [duplicate]

Sentence 1: Many Hindus study Sanskrit,but only a few Parsees study Avesta. Sentence 2: Many Hindus study Sanskrit,but only few Parsees study Avesta. I fail to understand the ...
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Learn correct English pronunciation by non-verbal facial expressions [closed]

I met a guy who was born deaf and learned to pronounce and speak English by watching peoples muscle structure change in their face (i.e., their cheeks moving and lips being manipulated) Is there a way ...
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Expressions that are not words, but sounds

Jamaican-style patois and derivations thereof seem to be on the rise again in British cities after a lull (I remember it being very popular in the 70s and early 80s). While on a trip to London I was ...
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Visit of, to, or at a research department?

A non-native speaker needs help with the following phrase to be used in the acknowledgments section of a research paper: "Parts of the this research were conducted during a visit of the ...
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Idiomatic idiosyncracies

On the TV show NCIS, Ziva often makes humorous mistakes using idiomatic expressions (English is not her first language - she is Israeli). I would expect the most common way a non-native speaker would ...
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Letter-writing tone as perceived by other nationalities

A question that has been bugging me for quite a while was raised by some communication between my employer and a partner organisation based in Dubai. It turned out that more than once, it's been ...
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When do we consider English speakers' familiarity as a proof?

English, like many other languages, has its own usage of words and convention that can only be captured by practicing and speaking with natives. For instance, if non-English speaker come up with a ...
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Do native English speakers use the word “touristic”?

A word usage that always annoys me and feels like Euroenglish to me is "touristic". I don't believe I've ever seen it printed or heard it used by a native English speaker and I've travelled in most ...
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What makes a non-native English speaker sound foreign? [closed]

I'm not a native speaker. However, I have tried a lot during last 10 years to learn English at a high level of proficiency and to become fluent in conversation. However, when I talk to some of my ...
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What does “rising senior” mean and what countries use it?

I know it is something to do with universities, but as I have never come across the term before today (and have lived in England all my life including going to an English university), I am assuming it ...
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Why do non-native English speakers get the present participle wrong?

I see people saying things like this: With a new infusion of cash it allows to make the film. ...instead of... With a new infusion of cash it allows making the film. I can't find a ...
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Why do non-native English users often spell “standard” as “standart”?

I've seen this incredibly often on StackOverflow, but also on a few other internet sites. "Standart" is an extremely common misspelling of "standard". Is there a reason in how English is taught to ...
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“Close the light” — regionalism or mere oddity?

If I want the room in darkness, and wish to announce my intent, I would say I'm going to turn off the light. But occasionally here in America I hear people say I'm going to close the light. ...
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“Please advise” — why is this a common turn of phrase for foreign speakers of English?

I was just browsing through StackOverflow just now, and randomly hit on this question, where the question-asker signed off his request with a "please advise." Certain I'd heard this turn of phrase ...