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台式英語?
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要怎麼知道 我用的不是台式英語?

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http://www.ettoday.net/news/20141102/420676.htm#ixzz3ICsCYWTj

「常見台式菜英文」調查,根據網路聲量與出現頻率,發現台灣人最常誤用的詞是「Cost down」(節省成本)。據說最早源於日本人也錯用Cost down,後來更傳播到台灣來,英文圖表中會出現的Cost down比較類似標語的效果,而正確的說法應該是「Cost reduction」或「lowering the cost」。

第二常見的誤用是「Can you speak ____?」如許多台灣人想問他人會不會說英文時,會講出「Can you speak English?」不過這樣的說法其實是一種「能力」上的討論,或是質疑的反問語氣,被問的那方可能會感到不舒服。正確的詢問用法應該是「Do you speak English?」

常見的誤用還有「Any question?」許多人可能會認為,因為有any所以很自然的在後面放單數名詞,但這個詞算是特殊用法,正確講法應是「any questions?」或許對外國人來說,會有許多問題想問吧。

其他常見的菜英文還有,「There has a car」,正確說法應為「There is a car」;「My friend's home」,正確說法是「My friend's house」;「The sun rises from the west」,正確用法是「The sun rises in the west」;「So hurt」,正確說是「It hurts so much」。

http://www.ettoday.net/news/20141102/420676.htm#ixzz3IIHlv1q2

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Interesting...

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Hm, "Can you speak English?" and "Do you speak English?" do mean the same in the situation when one makes an inquiry if the other speaks English.
So "你會不會說英文? " can be translated with "can" or with "do" as well.

There are situations when they are not interchangeable.

http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/125625-Do-you-speak-English-VS-Can-you-speak-English


而且, imho, the sun rises in the East, and sets in the West...

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I believe most of people from my country use these 2 questions without realising that there could be difference in meaning. Haha! This is not just a Taiwanese English issue.

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Yea, the same here, in Hungary.
But, see, it is quite a special case when the meaning is different.
Actually "Can you speak English?" is a less polite form of saying "Could you speak English?", which is a less polite form of saying "Would you be so kind as to speak English?", in other words "Would you be so kind as to use English instead of the language which you used now?" 特別情況.


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I believe most of people from my country use these 2 questions without realising that there could be difference in meaning. Haha! This is not just a Taiwanese English issue.

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That's lengthy ya :p

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Thanks Yun and montanius for sharing your thought.

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