Native English speakers' blogs

I know most of the members here are English learners. Some of them may come here from all over the world just for improving their English skills. So, here come my questions:
1. Learners should only read the blogs by native English speakers? Learners want to learn standard English (AmE or BrE). They read and learn, but, if what they read is full of grammar, spelling or expression mistakes, what's the point of reading such blogs? Maybe you don't care who the blogs are by. Maybe you just want to communicate, not only to learn English, then it's fine. Maybe you'd say blogs by native speakers contain a few such mistakes, too. What's your viewpoint?
2. Do native speakers really want to come here and leave some comments for the learners? Imagine, if your mother tongue is Spanish and you see so many learners want to learn Spanish here, do you really want to take the time and respond to any questions? In doing so, what's the benefit you'd get? So, what could be the motivation for a native speaker to come here often? No wonder, learners often value the blogs by native speakers most! What do you think?!
All the possible comments are welcome and would be highly appreciated!
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  • Hi Tara,
    Thanks again for your another comment! I assume you mean the word 'momentum' was not used properly in the original blog. Maybe you mean I should have used 'incentive' instead. Learners : Maybe Tara, as a native speaker, really has a point there, we may need to look up every new word to make sure you're using it properly. But I'm wondering what 'momentum' kept this blog going. I really hope learners here could learn more by reading our discussion! I really know most of the learners here are already teacher of English. But we all are human and sure make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes, don't we?!
  • Wow, look at all of the comments here. This is a great place to practise writing. It is useful to write about something that you are passionate about. I'd like to point out that learners can expand their vocabulary by reading blogs and comments by other learners. Take the time to look up new words to make sure they are being used properly. For example "momentum" in the original blog. Can you think of a more appropriate word?
  • Hi Stayyoung,Hassan,Marzoug and Linda,
    Many thanks for your approval! I can see all of you want to learn and improve your English. I'd say all of you already have a good English. Some of you are already teacher of English. It's really nice to know all of you find this blog helpful. Just as I mentioned in my previous comments, there are almost always some things that learners of English or non-native teachers don't really know and need to learn from the native speakers.
    I'd admit, even native speakers assume I'm an English teacher. Actually, maybe something already gives me away, I'm not a teacher. Maybe you'd say I could have been a teacher. I really want to learn and teach. I love English just as you do. I'll try my best to contribute more for all the learners to learn a bit more, if you really want me to.
    Incidentally, love is in the air. I'll take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy Valentine's Day!!!
  • I think,if a native speaker is a teacher, he/she will leave some comments. Because to a good teacher , the biggest gift to him/her is their students have a progress and they enjoy their jobs. On the other hand they can also learn somethings from their students.
    As a learner of English, I try my best to read many things which are written in English. I believe they are useful for me.
  • I agree with you.
    Would you please help me to learn more.
  • i quite agree with you.
  • Hi Jhowel,
    Thanks for your taking the time and adding a interesting comment to this blog! You really have a point there--you can say that again. You are a teacher of English and I'd say your English writing is nearly impeccable. Just as I mentioned in my previous comments, English language is a useful 'tool'. We all are using it, skillfully or unskillfully. And we are so lucky to have such a useful means to communicate with. But I have to say, there are almost always something,say some idiomatic expressions, learners of English or non-native teachers don't really know and need to learn from the native speakers. We all learn something here, don't we? Sorry for my dashing off such a short comment! I await more comments to come!
  • Hi Lazlem,
    Thanks for your comment! I'm glad to know that you really want to improve your English. And you find pronunciation especially difficult. But I have to say, writing is hard to master,too. English is so tricky a language that we maybe need to learn it from very young. Learning English really takes time and pains. But with more practice, your English is sure to make progress. You just said English is your favorite language. Can you tell us why you love English so much? Just for your job or other reasons? I hope that you'll get the opportunity to visit the UK! BTW, why only the UK? Why not the US or any other English-speaking country?! Good luck!
  • Hi Bill,
    Very happy to see and thank you very much for your comment! You have just explained why we sometimes make 'typos' (as you put it this way) --the brain is really amazing. We are human; we make mistakes; I make mistakes. Bill the English teacher makes typos, too. I agree that typos in a comment or blog are not a big problem. Actually, I really like to read Bill's comments and find them interesting, encouraging, knowledgable and helpful. Some members here may ask: so, why bother to find and correct the mistakes? My answer is: bear in mind that a lot of learners of English may be reading what we wrote. They read and learn--this is part of the reason why they come here and are interested in this blog. In case they couldn't recognize the mistake and follow suit, then what have they really learned? Personally, I want others to point out my mistakes in my comments or blogs, no matter what the mistakes may be. If somebody here really does that for me, I would be thankful and appreciate it! So just feel free to correct my English, whenever you find one--don't hesitate, just do so. I really mean what I said.
    Thanks again for all the comments! I hope to see more interesting blogs or comments and I am thinking to post more ones in the near future. It's time for me to go to bed (here, alread late at night). Hope to see your comment again!
  • This certainly has been a thought-provoking blog. I just wanted to congratulate expectorsmith on creating such a good blog. Also I need to congratulaate him on finding the two typos in my blog entry. He wins the challenge. I suppose he would be happy with a financial reward or a trip to an exotic country. Unfortunately, I am retired and limited as far as income. So I will simply give him my respect. Of course my respect in not really a marketable commodity with a generally accepted high value. But it is what I have to give. :) :)
    Just wanted to comment a tiny bit on something I learned about the human brain. When we write something in our native language and then proof-read it, we often are not able to catch all the mistakes. The reason for this is that our brains try to make sense out of what we perceive. As we are going over our writing, the brain encounters some mistakes and tries to make sense of them by correcting them in our perception, so we don't see the mistakes. We don't even realize some mistakes because the brain is really anticipating what is going to follow the specific words we are reading at that split second. It is always just ahead of ourselves guessing at what is coming next. So we trust our anticipation of what will follow more than really seeing the mistakes as we read them. Confusing? Perhaps. The brain is amazing.
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