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*Why Nigerians Don't Speak English* by drezo(m): 1:13pm On Mar 07, 2018
Well.....I'm just wondering why Nigerians don't use English in most negotiations and when you decide to market your services in English the majority of the population would perceive grandiloquence.....and it's so painful to see people who use pidgin in their businesses prospering faster than one who can comfortably communicate in Good English....even when you say things they suspect you might be fraudulent you would see the unrest and sometimes disbelief in their eyes.....but notice when you use pidgin they quickly trust you and feel relaxed even want more familiarity than just in business..and this gradually destroys your command of English as frequent use of one language discontinues your growth in the other.....makes me wonder.....does it mean unadulterated English is stress to the brain of a Nigerian....like he can't think normal when he speaks english even if there were little mistakes....and this is not exclusive to the uneducated.....even the graduate CEO's only use English in interviews after which SOME would switch to pidgin...makes it difficult to understand your familiarity with them.....and I noticed....i'm more sane, sincere, loving, humorous understanding with simple English BUT I can't even chyke a girl with PIDGIN cheesy but once I hear pidgin, I hear street...I feel anything goes and see peace and a sense of gentleman leaving the conversation, at that point I could expect that person to say things not expected of any mannered person...it would have been better if pidgin was another language then i would know and it would be cool.......but to know that Nigerians speak it because English is like stress is something....makes me try to figure the life we embraced....having to spend many years learning to speak a language very well only to spend the rest of your life speaking it wrongly is laughable lol grin ...and now here is the problem I want you people to help me with.... this makes it difficult for me to fit into this society.....difficult to connect with people.......because sometimes I meet people like myself and when I use pidgin they see me like I see others...some say it doesn't fit me....then I speak English to some and they see me like trying to impress....and being FAKE.....of course these are the ones who prefer pidgin....and the danger is once you speak pidgin at first meetings you could be making wrong impressions if it's with an English speaker...and vice versa...and you could be misread so much that what they think of you would be far from what you are.....and in my many work places of the past.....this is a major problem........so I would like to know what language you use at your work places and how you MANAGE your ENGLISH TO PIDGIN switches from WORK to FRIENDS....(as I know most of us speak dialect with family) and signals that tells you switch to this or to that and you don't get misunderstood.....though I wished we embraced English and our local dialect....than pidgin.....because to me....as it is.....Nigeria is Really NOT an ENGLISH speaking Country since majority use pidgin in businesses and informal conversations....and it's gradually leading many African countries in the same.....

Thank you.

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