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Many people including Chinese learned to say "Yah" when they need to say "Yes".
English as a secondary language speaker sometimes has such an impression that saying
"yah" is a more native way than saying "yes". However, it is wrong.
English, as any other language in the world, has levels and which are seperated
by different wordings. A decent or educated wording is consituated by more formal
gramma usage. "yah" is of course correct, but is only closer to labours' way of
wording. "Yes" gives you a strong feeling of socially high standard. Preferably,
if you can answer questions by "Yes, it is". "Yes, I am". "Yes, I do". "Yes, I will".,
your listener will tend to think your English level is somewhat higher than what
you used to be when you said "Yah".
Another easy way for us to improve daily English without pain is to eliminate
abbreviations. A decent writer or speaker will not use any abbreviation unless
it is as obvious as "USA" or "IT". Some friends of this forum like to use
"DIY", "ME" and "U". These are either confusion or unformal. What they should learn
is in some high level media, even "TV" is written in television. Some thing happens
in the resume writing. I often encounter a resume full of suspecious jargons. Who
would hire you if your resume is full of "CID, HDPF, KOTTY"?
To improve English is hard. To damage English is too easy. Pay attention to
your daily usage, you can improve your English easily.
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