On Wed, 8 Jan 2020 08:00:24 -0800 (PST), Spains Harden
Post by Spains Harden Post by tonbei Post by J. J. Lodder
Just curious: are you reading Port Mortuary
at a rate of one page per day?
Several pages per day, because of checking by dictionaries, map, or google search to get pictures of things when their description is unclear to me just in writing.
I'm making notes based on what I've learned from doing so, and composing my own
dictionary, which slow down my reading pace considerably , but I have a dream of reading more
easily and enjoyably someday for real entertainment.
You write better English than P. Cornwell does, so it might be better
It seems to me that reading Cornwell, or a similar author, is exactly
what tonbei should be doing. He* has a good grasp of "good" English,
but what he seems to want is to get a good grasp of English as it is
actually spoken by many people.
Most of his questions are about the wording of dialog, and Cornwell's
dialog is representative of how some people use the language. To be
proficient in a language, you must know how it should be written but
also be able to understand everyday conversation. Everyday
conversation is not always - or even frequently - couched in the same
way that a person who uses correct English would write.
Post by Spains Harden
"Several pages per day, because of checking by dictionaries, map, or
You are not checking "by", you are checking "with" or "using".
"I'm making notes based on what I've learned from doing so, and
composing my own dictionary, which slow down...
Should be "slows down..." for reasons I can't explain.
I echo CDB's "ragged edges" comment and enjoy your questions too.
If he was reading something written by, say, Eric Walker he would not
have examples of unclear (to him) phrasing to present here. He
wouldn't be getting input like "checking with" instead of "checking
*A name like "tonbei" does not suggest to me that the poster is either
male or female. The assumption of "he" is probably sexist on my part.
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida