I hear you, Dix! I'm a regular contributor to the BBC's Learning English messageboard, and every now and then we have Asian learners post messages with minimal, if any, punctuation.Dixie wrote:I just can't stand reading a text with no punctuation marks. ... I can't understand the fact that people don't use them ... . The same happens with spelling...
Mandy wrote:Punctuation isn't a waste of time. It's important to make the sense of a piece of writing clear. Even while speaking, we pause at certain points for the sake of clarity, right? We're using punctuation marks in written English for the same purpose.
Many years ago when I was still in school, I was also not always aware of the importance of punctuation. But as I grew older and had to communicate more frequently in foreign languages, I changed my mind.
You will find many examples to illustrate the importance of punctuation on the web. Here is one:
Look at this sentence:
Woman without her man means nothing at all.
Girls, do you agree? Most likely not.
Now let's punctuate the sentence and read it again:
Woman: without her, man means nothing at all.
Did you notice the influence of punctuation on the meaning?
Maybe some chinese have done what you say. I guess there are not only chinese do so .at least I 'll try my best to improve my English.Thanks!D wrote:I hear you, Dix! I'm a regular contributor to the BBC's Learning English messageboard, and every now and then we have Asian learners post messages with minimal, if any, punctuation.Dixie wrote:I just can't stand reading a text with no punctuation marks. ... I can't understand the fact that people don't use them ... . The same happens with spelling...
This is probably due to their native languages' being non-script ones; they don't "understand" the ideas behind capitalisation nor punctuation marks, and thus jot down their thoughts in one big lump of text. When confronted with their dubious orthography, they'll reply to the tune of "spelling unimportant, im just communicating to practice my english". Yes... Sic transit gloria mundi.
tikay wrote:Of course as you learn to write, in English...you will learn to use punctuation so please do not stop writing!because you don't know it yet, I (WE) still want to know you no matter how simple you write....do not feel badly because some of us are not even bi-lingual and may know nothing about your native tongue... so we respect you for even participating and learning the English language!
It is fun!
tikay wrote: But I am heavy on the Aquarius in my Birth~Chart!!! Nearly all the planets were lined up in Aquarius at the time of my birth.
tikay wrote:Thanks ya'll....besides being a LEO....you would be my friend no matter what because we have things in common. You dont take ~ from people and you are confident and smart....I like that in a person! It figures (makes sense) that you are Leo though....do you know you Chinese sign too. I am the Tiger so being that we both have the large cat element....we are similar too.
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