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Old 03.03.2012, 21:52
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Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

So when you run into someone who's been living in Switzerland for awhile, do you ask them if they post on EF? If they say yes, do you hesitate telling them who you are here?

Be careful what you post and who you annoy.... you never know where you'll meet them in real life.

(I met an EFer on the train today and we had a lovely conversation. It was a pleasure to connect his forum name with a real person.)
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Re: Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

Don't think it would occur to me.... but then I'm very shy and have terrible trouble talking to people I don't know.

Except on here of course!
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Old 03.03.2012, 21:58
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Don't think it would occur to me.... but then I'm very shy and have terrible trouble talking to people I don't know.

Except on here of course!
Is it poor etiquette to ask? I've missed the Miss Manners article on this topic.
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Whenever I meet English speakers in CH, I always wonder- but never asked
My accent and name would soon give me away, lol.
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Old 03.03.2012, 22:06
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Re: Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

I've run into some "random" English-speaking folks here in Basel and I used to ask. The answer usually reveals an unfavorable opinion of EF though, so I've stopped asking.
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Is it poor etiquette to ask? I've missed the Miss Manners article on this topic.
No idea, quite possibly for the older ones among us. And yes, I'm afraid I do mean me.
I had a long chat with an english woman in our local post office last week and couldn't think of a way to even ask her name.... bit daft as she was the first english speaker I've met since moving to this village over ten years ago. Simply introducing myself and waiting for her to recipricate didn't come to mind until I'd left the place. Was kicking myself for the rest of the weekend.
So, asking an english speaking stranger on a train? Don't think so.
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Old 03.03.2012, 22:09
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My accent and name would soon give me away, lol.
OK, I just have too, it's calling to me

You're right, we could easily compare your accent to the one you use here
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I've run into some "random" English-speaking folks here in Basel and I used to ask. The answer usually reveals an unfavorable opinion of EF though, so I've stopped asking.
That's cos we're all 'special' on here- Especially the earlier members.
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OK, I just have too, it's calling to me

You're right, we could easily compare your accent to the one you use here
Tut. Spelling.

Sorry, hubbie's away and I'm bored.
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Re: Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

I wish I had so few things to worry about.
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OK, I just have too, it's calling to me

You're right, we could easily compare your accent to the one you use here
Ahahah once a Neuchateloise...

Having taught French and German in the UK all my adult life, I can switch it on or off, lol. My English accent on the other hand ... is it Welsh or South African, and why?

Sharkbait, who's worried?
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Old 03.03.2012, 22:14
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I wish I had so few things to worry about.
With a forum name like yours, I'd have other worries too.
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Old 03.03.2012, 22:16
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Tut. Spelling.

Sorry, hubbie's away and I'm bored.
Ah you got me, finger stuttered on that dang o key
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Old 03.03.2012, 22:33
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Ah you got me, finger stuttered on that dang o key
One of those things my sons have trouble with.... raised as french speakers they find english spelling a mine-field.

As I said, I'm bored!

Apologies to Olygirl for hijacking her thread......

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Don't think it would occur to me.... but then I'm very shy and have terrible trouble talking to people I don't know.
Yes, that would stop me from asking as well.

A couple of years ago I said hello halfway up a mountain to someone who I "knew" from a hiking site that we both post on... but I only realised that we had said hello to each other three or four days later when she commented on my posting about the hike, asking if I was by any chance the person who had been talking French halfway up a mountain in the deepest Berner Oberland the other afternoon...
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Re: Meeting FE Posters Accidentally

I always shoot first ask questions after
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I've run into some "random" English-speaking folks here in Basel and I used to ask. The answer usually reveals an unfavorable opinion of EF though, so I've stopped asking.
Perhaps you should ask if it's you then, as the many folks I've chanced across who are members of EF have been great peeps. Just the other day I met someone who I've I've had a rather less than chummy experience with, and they turned out to be lovely. I think it's all down to the individual and how we project as an individual, the EF is only a cyber extension. If your real world involved, the then who you are on EF is irrelevant, in the cyber world you are a ghost, and when the 2 collide maybe dis-appointment is a reality.
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Old 04.03.2012, 01:31
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Re: Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

I practically lived on EF for 3 years and it has never struck me to ask that question when meeting someone. I would consider it an impolite question as I know a few people who try to keep their forum life separate from real life or from Facebook.

I also found that many people on EF were very different from their EF persona.

I would be more interested in getting to know someone without being affected by their 'groomed' EF persona. Even on EF, I turn off avatars and focus on what is written.
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Re: Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

I have met english speakers, asked them about EF and had mixed responses.
Some were positive, and 1 of you, you know who you are, admitted being on the EF, asked me who my screen name was, then, decisively decided to not tell me theirs(you know who you are). Making a weird situation as I worked with the guy(you). I continue to talk as I would in non computer life, but revealing who I was in real life, made for an ongoing awkward situation(still awkward).

So it's a mixed bag.
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Re: Meeting EF Posters Accidentally

I always wonder when I see people checking out the English book section at a book store. Or whenever any British couple walks by. But I don't think I'd ask.
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