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OK, I have embraced American culture. I pronounce most of my Ts as Ds. I have adapted my accent to such that I can be understood on the phone. I have stopped saying 'Hiya' and genuinely wanting to know how people are when I ask "How are you?"

The main problem I have experienced, working in an office and frequently communicating via e-mail, is spelling.

It's so difficult to remember which words drop Us. 'Favourite' does, 'various' doesn't. Which words change S to Z: 'organisation' does, 'advertise' doesn't.

I'm 23 and I normally pride myself on my spelling. Now I feel like I didn't pay attention in school.

HELP!

I just need some empathy here. Surely I'm not the only one...

p.s - I really love America though. Everything but the spelling.


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06/15/07: Met at summer camp

06/02/08: Came back to camp, started dating

01/12/09: Returned to US for internship

05/02/09: Married in NH

10/12/09: I-130, I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago Lockbox

10/14/09: AOS Package received in Chicago

10/21/09: Checks for I-130 and I-485 cashed

10/23/09: Received rejection notice for I-765 (Used outdated version of form, duh)

10/24/09: Received NOAs for I-130 and I-485

10/26/09: Resent updated I-765

10/28/09: RFE for I-485

11/02/09: Received RFE letter for I-864

11/05/09: Sent RFE back and received Biometrics appointment for 11/19 (I-485)

11/09/09: Received NOA for I-765 (finally!)

11/11/09: RFE received, case resumed

11/19/09: Biometrics done for I-485 (and I-765 without appointment letter!) - both touched PM

12/03/09: EAD card production ordered

12/07/09: EAD received

12/10/09: Received an e-mail saying I-765 was approved.... a little late!

12/11/09: Received interview appointment letter: January 11th, 8:40am

01/11/10: APPROVED at interview!

01/19/10: Green card received (It's not green.)

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OK, I have embraced American culture. I pronounce most of my Ts as Ds. I have adapted my accent to such that I can be understood on the phone. I have stopped saying 'Hiya' and genuinely wanting to know how people are when I ask "How are you?"

The main problem I have experienced, working in an office and frequently communicating via e-mail, is spelling.

It's so difficult to remember which words drop Us. 'Favourite' does, 'various' doesn't. Which words change S to Z: 'organisation' does, 'advertise' doesn't.

I'm 23 and I normally pride myself on my spelling. Now I feel like I didn't pay attention in school.

HELP!

I just need some empathy here. Surely I'm not the only one...

p.s - I really love America though. Everything but the spelling.

Ha ha - love your post - and you most definitely have my empathy. I don't think you should feel like you didn't pay attention in school - my hubby embraces his extra u's & actually pronouncing T's - well, except for when he says the word "fourteen" - then he doesn't pronounce the T at all.

It's not technically incorrect, and in fact, it's endearing and makes you unique to your office - embrace it!! :)


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Oh - and after coming to the States for the last 5 years, Hubby still makes me order for us when we go through the drive-thru :P


Marriage : 2009-06-30

CSC: 155 days

I-130: 2009-10-01

NOA1: 2009-10-15

NOA2: 2010-03-05

I-129F: 2009-10-16

NOA1: 2009-10-23

NOA2: 2010-03-05

NVC: 60 days

Case #: 2010-03-11

AOS Paid: 2010-03-15

IV Bill Paid: 2010-03-24

Package Sent: 2010-03-29

AVR says received: 2010-04-02

RFE: 2010-04-13

Sign in Fail: 2010-05-10

CONSULATE: 17 days

Medical: 2010-06-04

Interview: 2010-06-15 - APPROVED!

Visa rcv'd: 2010-06-21

POE: 2010-06-29 LAX (286 Days from when we started this whole mess!)

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OK, I have embraced American culture. I pronounce most of my Ts as Ds. I have adapted my accent to such that I can be understood on the phone. I have stopped saying 'Hiya' and genuinely wanting to know how people are when I ask "How are you?"

The main problem I have experienced, working in an office and frequently communicating via e-mail, is spelling.

It's so difficult to remember which words drop Us. 'Favourite' does, 'various' doesn't. Which words change S to Z: 'organisation' does, 'advertise' doesn't.

I'm 23 and I normally pride myself on my spelling. Now I feel like I didn't pay attention in school.

HELP!

I just need some empathy here. Surely I'm not the only one...

p.s - I really love America though. Everything but the spelling.

I don't think you should worry too much about the spelling. Most people would look at "favourite" and think, "Ah, must be English" instead of "Hmmm... typo".

Put your dictionary in Word or wherever to American English and catch these things that way if you feel the need to.

I'm glad you love America!


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Yeah, I've generally learned how things go, but still slip up sometimes. I try to embrace it though.

On my resume, my MIL corrected some words that actually had more of a French spelling (adding E's on the end of words) that I forgot about.

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Whilst you... uh, forget it, eh, si man. :)

Actually (seriously): Google "spelling rules s versus z" and look at the more serious results to see if they might help you.

I consider anyone to be Americanised... er, uh... if they can correctly spell "Canandaigua," si man.

Edited by TBoneTX

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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lol... being Canadian, I anticipate the same sort of problems.


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Ha ha ha. Thanks everyone!

WHILST.... That's another one. The guys in my office see me write it sometimes and they have no idea.

There is a joke going round that a Whilst is an animal that lives in England, and sometimes in Canada!

Silly boys.


Adjusting from J1

06/15/07: Met at summer camp

06/02/08: Came back to camp, started dating

01/12/09: Returned to US for internship

05/02/09: Married in NH

10/12/09: I-130, I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago Lockbox

10/14/09: AOS Package received in Chicago

10/21/09: Checks for I-130 and I-485 cashed

10/23/09: Received rejection notice for I-765 (Used outdated version of form, duh)

10/24/09: Received NOAs for I-130 and I-485

10/26/09: Resent updated I-765

10/28/09: RFE for I-485

11/02/09: Received RFE letter for I-864

11/05/09: Sent RFE back and received Biometrics appointment for 11/19 (I-485)

11/09/09: Received NOA for I-765 (finally!)

11/11/09: RFE received, case resumed

11/19/09: Biometrics done for I-485 (and I-765 without appointment letter!) - both touched PM

12/03/09: EAD card production ordered

12/07/09: EAD received

12/10/09: Received an e-mail saying I-765 was approved.... a little late!

12/11/09: Received interview appointment letter: January 11th, 8:40am

01/11/10: APPROVED at interview!

01/19/10: Green card received (It's not green.)

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Even in the US whilst is okay to use. I have long forgotten how to spell having sold my soul to the spell checker - just make sure Lord Microsoft is set to American English and let that mind of yours turn to mush!

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I have stopped saying 'Hiya' and genuinely wanting to know how people are when I ask "How are you?"

Oh man! This an interesting point that people from other countries/cultures always seem to notice about Americans. I don't know why we do this! Whenever people ask me how I am (and I am the USC), I always respond so formally - "Fine, thanks! How about you?" - and I mean it. It's a burn to get no response :lol:

Oh - and after coming to the States for the last 5 years, Hubby still makes me order for us when we go through the drive-thru :P

Haha! I am generally the order giver whenever my fiance comes to visit. He has a really thick Brum accent that almost always elicits a "HUH?" from the waiter, etc. I sort of worry it will lower his self-esteem! Poor thing!


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"Whilstebeest" is the full, formal name of that Englanadian animal, verily, eh, wot, si man.

I am generally the order giver whenever my fiance comes to visit. He has a really thick Brum accent that almost always elicits a "HUH?" from the waiter, etc. I sort of worry it will lower his self-esteem! Poor thing!
Britannia rules the waves even on this side of the Pond, si man, and we natives shall always remain mere Colonists, wot, verily, eh, si man.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Oh, good to know I'm not the only one, my boss still makes fun of me when I use 'whilst' and 'learnt', usually he raises an eyebrow and says 'Queen's English?'

It's quite confusing really, I call Sprite/7 Up lemonade, imagine my surprise at the restaurants; it's a 'line' when people are waiting for something, but it's a 'queue' when you're printing something... When asked how often I do something, 'fortnightly' received a look of utter confusion, the list goes on... :jest:

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HA fortnightly yes.

As for lowering self-esteem being constantly asked to repeat oneself in restaurants, I have learnT, as I'm sure many fellow Brits have, to adapt my accent. I can put in quite a convincing restaurant order in American.

I do find that in my current workplace, the language barrier is a source of entertainment. I'm slightly worried that it my next one it might not be the same.

Another good thing is, there's always something to talk about with strangers. I have found that most Americans have been to or have family from the UK.


Adjusting from J1

06/15/07: Met at summer camp

06/02/08: Came back to camp, started dating

01/12/09: Returned to US for internship

05/02/09: Married in NH

10/12/09: I-130, I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago Lockbox

10/14/09: AOS Package received in Chicago

10/21/09: Checks for I-130 and I-485 cashed

10/23/09: Received rejection notice for I-765 (Used outdated version of form, duh)

10/24/09: Received NOAs for I-130 and I-485

10/26/09: Resent updated I-765

10/28/09: RFE for I-485

11/02/09: Received RFE letter for I-864

11/05/09: Sent RFE back and received Biometrics appointment for 11/19 (I-485)

11/09/09: Received NOA for I-765 (finally!)

11/11/09: RFE received, case resumed

11/19/09: Biometrics done for I-485 (and I-765 without appointment letter!) - both touched PM

12/03/09: EAD card production ordered

12/07/09: EAD received

12/10/09: Received an e-mail saying I-765 was approved.... a little late!

12/11/09: Received interview appointment letter: January 11th, 8:40am

01/11/10: APPROVED at interview!

01/19/10: Green card received (It's not green.)

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