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Reply # 1968633 6-Mar-2018 05:16
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I'm concerned that after my dead, my wife will sell all my Techno-Gimmicks for the price I told her I've paid for. innocent





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  Reply # 1968742 6-Mar-2018 09:30
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That my dog died yesterday.

 

 

 

Edit - that really isn't small to me (at all), but amongst other emotions it certainly annoys me, principally that I could do nothing to prevent it.






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  Reply # 1968745 6-Mar-2018 09:34
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That every little daft idea for how to do little things slightly differently is referred to as a ‘hack’ e.g. how to fry an egg using a slightly different cooking oil - thanks NZ Herald!

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  Reply # 1968798 6-Mar-2018 11:17
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An English person struggling through introducing themselves in Maori (ALWAYS before doing it in English) and usually to a whole room of English only speakers (or worse 2nd language English listeners who have a foreign 1st language)

1) accepting someone else’ culture does not mean trying to pretend it is your own?
2) don’t Maori speakers also cringe at this “PC” mangling of their language too?

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  Reply # 1968859 6-Mar-2018 12:41
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Roadside vegetable vendors who think they own the roadside parking around their vans. Frankly I don't know why we tolerate this in already congested parking areas.   

 

I must complain to council. . . 


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  Reply # 1968863 6-Mar-2018 12:46
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surfisup1000:

 

I must complain to council. . . 

 

 

Good luck achieving anything!


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  Reply # 1968887 6-Mar-2018 13:41
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Geektastic:

 

That my dog died yesterday.

 

 

 

Edit - that really isn't small to me (at all), but amongst other emotions it certainly annoys me, principally that I could do nothing to prevent it.

 

 

 

 

Aww, that's sad ... condolences to you ....

 

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  Reply # 1968904 6-Mar-2018 14:02
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Geektastic:

 

That my dog died yesterday.

 

 

 

Edit - that really isn't small to me (at all), but amongst other emotions it certainly annoys me, principally that I could do nothing to prevent it.

 

 

That sucks mate.  My sympathies.





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  Reply # 1968909 6-Mar-2018 14:07
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don’t Maori speakers also cringe at this “PC” mangling of their language too?

 

Several fluent Te Reo speakers have told me they have mixed feelings on this.

 

Positive for non-Maori people to use Te Reo; but poor pronunciation makes them cringe.





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  Reply # 1968951 6-Mar-2018 14:31
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PhantomNVD: An English person struggling through introducing themselves in Maori (ALWAYS before doing it in English) and usually to a whole room of English only speakers (or worse 2nd language English listeners who have a foreign 1st language)

1) accepting someone else’ culture does not mean trying to pretend it is your own?
2) don’t Maori speakers also cringe at this “PC” mangling of their language too?

 

 

 

A couple of things which annoy me:

 

People thinking that attempting to address people in a language that isn't their own should ever be thought of as pretending that it is or could be pretended as your own first language.  English speakers routinely bastardise the English language - as I'd like to hear it - but it doesn't really "annoy me".

 

Topics like this coming up in an "off-topic" thread when they're almost always politically charged, have been thrashed to death a million times before, and should probably belong in the Politics forum - if anywhere.

 

 


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  Reply # 1968954 6-Mar-2018 14:35
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Geektastic:

 

That my dog died yesterday.

 

Edit - that really isn't small to me (at all), but amongst other emotions it certainly annoys me, principally that I could do nothing to prevent it.

 

 

frown

 

Sorry to hear that.


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  Reply # 1968962 6-Mar-2018 14:50
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... but poor pronunciation makes them cringe.

 

 

That works both ways though.  There are a couple of One News reporters for instance whose English pronunciation is woeful.

 

Or is it an accent? We live in a multicultural society and many people speak English with an accent, probably more evident in non-native English speakers. 

 

Should a non-native Te Reo speaker be considered cringeworthy because they have an accent when they are making a genuine effort to speak it?





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  Reply # 1968996 6-Mar-2018 15:40
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Thanks all. It does indeed suck.

 

 

 

Almost as much as how inconsolable it made my wife last night.

 

 

 

 






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  Reply # 1970011 6-Mar-2018 16:12
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floydbloke:

 

MikeAqua:

 

... but poor pronunciation makes them cringe.

 

 

Should a non-native Te Reo speaker be considered cringeworthy because they have an accent when they are making a genuine effort to speak it?

 

 

I think something either makes you cringe or not it's a gut reaction.  I don't think there is choice involved.

 

The comments I outlined above were opinions I specifically asked for not unsolicited comment or complaint.

 

 





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  Reply # 1970032 6-Mar-2018 17:20
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Geektastic:

 

Thanks all. It does indeed suck.

 

 

 

Almost as much as how inconsolable it made my wife last night.

 

 

 

 

One of my wife's colleagues at work had their dog pass away yesterday morning as well - probably coincidental, as I didn't think you were in the Auckland region?





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