Just as how facebook has become a craze in the United States patronized not only by the ordinary Americans who have internet connection but also by the country’s socialites like Ivanka Trump, the social networking site also became and still is a thing in the Philippines particularly in the city (Surigao). Its users vary from college students to politicians and a variety of professionals (college instructors, engineers, office employees, high school teachers, businessmen, nurses, etc.)
The “Surigaonons” (I prefer using the term to refer to people living in Surigao City including those who used to live in the city or its surrounding barangays and municipalities but are now married and/or working and living in different countries; although some only use the term for the city’s residents), use facebook for countless of reasons. Some utilize it to continuously stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they may be in the world. There are those who use facebook to sell products (shoes, clothes, accessories, etc.) like some of my friends. A few use it to share anything/links, from news they’ve read to songs or videos they like. Most use it for uploading photos that range from ones taken at home and are proud of them or those that simply show the activities that they have undertaken.
In our (I and my second younger sister) case, we use facebook to upload photos of and talk about our favourite films, actors, tennis players, songs, singers, or anything that interests us like finding out that our favourite, very good-looking TV actor is gay in real life and has sons with partner; that Mark Wahlberg is the famous author, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s distant relative; that Chris Pine or in real life Christopher Whitelaw Pine or JAMES TIBERIUS KIRK in STAR TREK (princess diaries with anne hathaway, unstoppable with denzel washington, and just my luck with lindsey lohan) turned out to be one who has a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley and a whole lot more resulting to our walls looking like TMZ, or EXTRA, SPLASH or INSIDER magazines or web sites.
And, there are also those who use the site simply to share what they want to say, or let facebook friends in on their update status (thoughts; or events happening in their life, or things bought or received as a gift) and most are in English. Unfortunately, although most are professionals, many of them fail to live up to their diploma by posting the following on their facebook walls.
…smile despite of being so busyyyyyyyyy
Correct: …smile DESPITE being so busy or smile INSPITE OF being so busy
For those who loves VICTORIA’S SECRET sexy lingeries, come check out the album and let me know. As always free shipping on all purchases. Thank you very much!!
Correct: For those who LOVE VICTORIA’S SECRET sexy LINGERIE, come check out the album and let me know. As always free shipping on all purchases. Thank you very much!!
sunblock doesn’t helped that much…
Correct: sunblock doesn’t HELP that much…
very excited enough to adventure….the experienced is worth reminiscing, hope to be back again one day
Correct: excited enough FOR adventure….the EXPERIENCE is worth reminiscing, hope to be back again one day
sun, pebbles, beach….things we never miss on summer
Correct: sun, pebbles, beach….things we never miss DURING summer
…OMG i need to refresh the basics of animals and their babies, i used to teach all of these in 7 years being a kindergarten teacher and now after 5 years working in the office i realized that being active in the class is an advantaged of becoming a lifelong learner…(good enough that encarta helps)
Correct: …OMG i need to refresh the basics of animals and their babies, i used to teach all of these FOR 7 years being a kindergarten teacher and now after 5 years working in the office i realized that being active in the class is an ADVANTAGE in becoming a lifelong learner…(good enough that encarta helps)
…to remember my childhood with my family is my inspiration as i raised my own family…
Correct: …to remember my childhood with my family AS my inspiration AND as i RAISE my own…
the perfect carved of the reflection…..still at club tara.
Correct: THE PERFECT REFLECTION…..still at club tara.
day-asan is fun filled for photo shooting
Correct: DAY-ASAN FUN-FILLED PHOTO SHOOT
just arrived sohoton
Correct: just arrived AT sohoton
There’s no greater feeling than being kiss and hug by my little boy saying “good morning mommy,wake up”
Correct: There’s no greater feeling than being KISSED and HUGGED by my little boy saying “good morning mommy,wake up”
Jesus is full of love.. He is the perfect demonstration of the love of our God the Father in heaven. Therefore, if you cannot love your neighbors especially those who hurts you, you don’t really have Jesus in your heart.
Correct: Jesus is full of love.. He is the perfect demonstration of the love of our God the Father in heaven. Therefore, if you cannot love your neighbors especially those who HURT you, you don’t really have Jesus in your heart.
Thank you all for the birthday greetings and wishes. It had been a wonderful day for us. May God bless you all. We are trully touch with all your messages and wishes. Have a Prosperous New Year to everyone.
Correct: Thank you all for the birthday greetings and wishes. It had been a wonderful day for us. May God bless you all. We are TRULY TOUCHED with all your messages and wishes. Have a Prosperous New Year to everyone.
I have tried to use the PM (private message) feature of the site to correct three of them. And since then, one always gets her status update written accurately; the other still makes occasional mistakes, while the third had stopped using facebook for status updates. She settled with just uploading photos, using the site’s applications, sharing links, and commenting mostly using the dialect.
Most people might say, especially those who commit the same mistakes that they can be excused for their diplomas indicate: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Physics, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, etc., and not ones that indicate Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in English or Master in English Language Studies. Or worse they say, they can be excused since they are not English Language teachers.
But I guess, since all of us have gone through elementary and secondary education which use English as a language of instruction, and in college, all of us have gone through exactly the same Basic English courses before taking up professional ones, it shouldn’t be the case. We are after all just talking about Basic English – a general education course that must be taken by a tertiary student regardless of his/her discipline. Hence, as professionals, all of us (not only the English Language teachers) are expected to be accurate especially when we share our facebook wall with college students who look up to us.
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