This video blogger from the UK gets really annoyed when people don't spell common words correctly on the internet. Do you know the difference between there, their and they're? Watch this video and get it right!

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How important do you think it is to spell words correctly when you're writing on the internet?

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Olesya 13 September, 2015 - 14:29

In my point of view it is important to write correctly no matter wherever you do it. It shows your accuracy and high level of English.Unfortunately , I still make a lot of mistake in spelling or word order because of my imperfect english or I just do not know how to put an apostrophe=)
When I read how foreigners write in my native language I find it very entertaining.=) They use some words or phrases incorrectly. It is funny. It does not annoy me because they are non native speakers and to learn foreign languages is too tough.

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Ken 14 September, 2015 - 11:53

Hello, Olesya, I enjoyed your interesting comment.
Do you mind my asking your best of collation of the entertaining spelling mistakes you've ever come up with?? I'm eager to know about it!
(๑ˇεˇ๑)•*¨*•.¸¸♪

Best regards,
Ken

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MISS_LAU 10 August, 2015 - 19:43

I always try to write properly. It drives me mad when people write bad for not to pay attention.
I admit that when I write in English sometimes I miss letters. My language tongue is spanish and we write all letters as like it sounds. However, in English language one letter has differents sounds.

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Elsa007 2 August, 2015 - 09:03

Well, I think we should be cautious about spelling words correctly on the internet, particularly when it comes to the word that may change the meaning, such as 'U R' !
Recently whenever I type, wot annoys me a lot is the lovely automatic spell-check!! They're kind, but they often misspell the word I intended! ….Miscommunication!!
So I always need to check!... Pluses and minuses!!
Definitely, I thin we nee riting lessons…!! ツ

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Ofelia 1 August, 2015 - 05:40

My native language is spanish, and if there's something that can really make me get angry, is people who don't respect language as I do. Since I was a child, I remember I was very carefull of my writing and I've always tried to do it well.
When I started to learn english, I realized it was the same, and to show native speakers I respect their language, there isn't a better way than to write it properly.
And I've seen hundreds of times people making those mistakes showed in the video and usually they're native speakers. That reminds me something wich is very common in spanish: people always confuse "hay", "ay", and "ahí", just as they change "their", "they're" and "there" in english! So I understand a little bit how does she feel about it.
And you know what's funny? "There" can be equal to "ahí"! (the other words just not fix, but is still funny to me).
I agree totally with her, if a language you want to speak, your writing has to be clean.
And yes, sometimes we can make mistakes, but life is about learning by them and always wanting to learn something new. <3

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Catty2000 23 July, 2015 - 17:30

Hello LearnEnglishTeam,
Can I ask You some questions? Why did she write "teachin you to rite proper like wot I do" but she didn't write "teaching you to write proper like what I do"? Is it a feature of English language? And if there are some mistakes in my message, could You correct them?
Thank you very much.

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Ofelia 1 August, 2015 - 05:14

Hi Catty2000, I am not a member of Learn English Team, but I am a learner and I couldn't help to answer you (or try to do).
I guess, it is something ironic, she did it for us to laugh. 'Cause she is doing a video for those people who likes to write in an improper way, so she writes like them. Well, that's what I think.
And I have seen this on internet, on some facebook pages when people wants to... Make a joke, or things like that. So I would say it is a feature, as you said, but not much, since people don't really writes like that when they want to be serious.
In spanish (I'm from Mexico) we have something pretty similar, when we're being not formal and we don't write some lyrics, as I don't know, saying "Ola" instead of "Hola" (hello), but normally those who do this don't care about grammar, and nobody likes someone who don't care about it (I don't do this, but many teenagers do).
(Sorry if I made some mistake while writting this, I do my best.)
I hope I help. :)

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JoEditor 1 August, 2015 - 08:50

Hi Ofelia,
Thanks for your answer. You're totally right! :) We were hoping that one of the learners on the website would answer the question and you answered it brilliantly.
With best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team.) 

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iva10 10 July, 2015 - 17:31

It's very important to me.When my friend was talking with the teacher i corrected her every time she made a mistake.My teacher told me that am a monster but in the good ways

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Ken 23 June, 2015 - 23:24

Extremely.
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I sometimes see 'persons' instead of people online. This might not be an attack to your native language though i wish I could get an explanation...

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