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When I arrived in England
I thought I knew English. After I’d been here an hour
I realized that I did not understand one word. In the
first week I picked up a tolerable working knowledge
of the language and the next seven years convinced me
gradually but thoroughly that I A , let alone perfectly. This is sad. My only
consolation being that nobody speaks English perfectly.
Remember that those five hundred words an average Englishman
uses are B. You may learn another five hundred
and another five thousand and yet another fifty thousand
and still you may come across a further fifty thousand
If you live here long enough you will find out to your
greatest amazement that the adjective nice is
not the only adjective the language possesses, in spite
of the fact that D . You can say that the weather is nice, a
restaurant is nice, Mr. Soandso is nice, Mrs. Soandso’s
clothes are nice, you had a nice time, E .
Then you have to decide on your accent. The easiest
way to give the impression of having a good accent or
no foreign accent at all is to hold an unlit pipe in
your mouth, to mutter between your teeth and finish
all your sentences with the question: “isn’t it?” People
will not understand much, but they are accustomed to
that and they will get a F .
it costs 2. most excellent impression 3. you have never heard of before,
and nobody else either 4. in the first three years you do
not need to learn or use any other adjectives 5. would never know it really well 6. far from being the whole vocabulary of the language 7. and all this will be correct