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Discussion in 'International iPad Users' started by KevinJS, May 11, 2013.

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    The intention of this thread is simple. It offers help and advice to people who wish to converse in English, but require help to do so.

    If you are having trouble with a construction in English, and want to know how a native speaker would do it, post your problem here, and we will see what we can do to help.
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    I'm the first one to ask. Is this right:

    I want to improve my knowledge of ....
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    It is exactly right.

    An alternative construction is:

    I would like to improve...
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    What is the correct English expression for the German word "Fußball":



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    Soccer or football, or are both right?
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    Both are correct. It's called soccer, mainly in North America, and football in most of the rest of the world.
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    Thank you!
    When I write "football" (meaning Fußball), doesn't it get confused with "football" you posted earlier?
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    Not really, since North American football is not played in Europe, with the exception of NFL Europe, which operated from 1991-2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_Europe
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    Thank you!
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    Brilliant idea re ESL help for site members and I'd be happy to assist if I can. I'm an English language teacher!
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    Is there a difference between "hopefully" and "here's hoping" (usage and meaning), even if it's just a slight one?

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