Intercourse of mother-tongue speakers with others in internet discussions, or on the street.
It's a day-to-day experience for me in the internet and on the streets here in Germany. People are tough. People are rough when they encounter non-natives with broken and stammering language abilities. This is not only hatred of foreigners, it's deeper. It's our sense of control over language as a sign of intelligence. If someone is not capable to speak smoothly and articulated, we mistake someone for being more or less stupid. And, to be honest, it's exhausting to listening to bad language over a long period. BUT!: On the street, and particularly in the internet (not here, in the wild outside) I often experienced rough behaviour against non native speakers. In internet-discussions, as on Twitter, Facebook, or IRC(where I'm for years now) people tend to be assertive, bossy. They try to use every gap in ones self-confidence to break you argumentation and win the fight. Not to mention internet-trolls, whose only purpose in life seems to be hurting people. Hence I was looking for a place where I can get practice in English without being assaulted for flaws. This I found in this Forum. Internet is for tough people, particularly if it comes to politics, religion, sports. Did you made the same experience in the internet and on the streets abroad? How do you handle such situations? Do you know chat rooms, forums or other places in the internet where not so sophisticated English skills are accepted? How could we teach people to think about the fact, that maybe some day they are the beginners in a new language and they will sound stammering? What ideas do you have?