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Old June 22, 2009, 11:28 AM
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OK, I see, thanks.

And what does "cavorting around" mean? Brincar alrededor?
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Old June 22, 2009, 11:41 AM
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I've heard in songs "ain't" instead "I'm not , he's not, etc." and "cause" instead of "because". I'd like to know if it's not formal English or it is slang, such as "wanna" or "gonna".

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Just as somebody said me, I shouldn't use much the idioms or slangs, because they are not correct in the usages into of the English, time before I used the slang ain't, isn't, aren't, they're, you're between others, but as the people started to says me, that I shouldn't use them, therefore I lift to use them so much, sometimes I use them, but at most not I use them, ain't is a slang, it meaning I'm not.

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Old June 22, 2009, 11:47 AM
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Just as somebody said me, I shouldn't use much the idioms or slangs, because they are not correct in the usages into of the English, time before I used the slang ain't, isn't, aren't, they're, you're between others, but as the people started to says me, that I shouldn't use them, therefore I lift to use them so much, sometimes I use them, but at most not I use them, ain't is a slang, it meaning I'm not.

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I don't want to use them either. But I think it's necessary to know them, because when you are listening a conversation, you're able to understand what they're saying. Or, for example, when you're listening a song, these words are often used.
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y'all

"how 'bout y'all" is widely used in the southern parts of the u.s., where
rural speech dominates everyday conversation. at the same time, it
is not used in print - unless expressly to convey the vernacular of a particular region.

by the way, "ain't" IS in the dictionary, contrary to the saying that i quoted above, and will be cited as a colloquialism, and as such, not
the "King's English".
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Old June 22, 2009, 12:46 PM
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"how 'bout y'all" is widely used in the southern parts of the u.s., where
rural speech dominates everyday conversation. at the same time, it
is not used in print - unless expressly to convey the vernacular of a particular region.

by the way, "ain't" IS in the dictionary, contrary to the saying that i quoted above, and will be cited as a colloquialism, and as such, not
the "King's English".
The problem with these words is that, when you're listening to a conversation, you're not able to distinguish them if you're not used to hear them. If I'm listening, for instance, "I am not", surely I'll understand better than "ain't". I think it's the same if an English speaker heard:

¿Anda's estao? instead of
¿Dónde has estado?

When I'm talking with foreigner people in Spanish, I try to speak slowly, to avoid these problems. But when I've asked an English to speak slowly, I think he didn't understand me or maybe English people don't know to speak in this way, because he's gone on speaking so fast...
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OK, I see, thanks.

And what does "cavorting around" mean? Brincar alrededor?
¿Huasos?
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¡Hola Huaso! Do you know it?
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And what does "cavorting around" mean? Brincar alrededor?
Cavorting around with = play/joke around with = tontear o retozar (jugar alegremente)
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Old June 23, 2009, 04:28 PM
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Cavorting around with = play/joke around with = tontear o retozar (jugar alegremente)
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The Borg is an alien 'race' from the 'Star Trek: Next Generation' TV series.

nuff's = enough has (colloquial pronunciation and spelling, with a contraction)
about = 'bout (colloquial pronunciation)

Borg should be in the other languages (alien tongues) section under Klingon
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