Hi Jazz Girl - thanks for your post - I don't think you meant to offend people at all, and you have a very tough position as Forum Monitors and we are very grateful for your work....
Reading and Writing skills are very sensitive areas, and everyone has different abilities, and some are brilliant, where as some people are not. I cannot type Spanish, and would not attempt to for fear of lack of confidence, but I can copy and paste into a translation package and amuse myself when the translation gets it wrong. This is a skill I personally need to expand on - learning Spanish - as many of my friends do speak it. OK I am stemming a bit here.
Many Spanish people can read English but not write English, Many English people can read Spanish but not write Spanish - Many people, like Jelena and Corina can speak many many languages - and I envy them for their skills.
Lets take the Forum Subject here as an example. I know he can read English perfectly - as I cannot type Spanish - he types perfect Spanish in reply - yet would not type English for the same reason I would not type Spanish.
People are very protective of their literacy skills, and I feel that people should not complain because they cannot understand Spanish, especially on a forum dedicated to a Spanish person, they should, instead, try and broaden their horizons a little bit.
OK the non-Spanish speaking people feel shut out - so do the Spanish only speaking people.
New Year Resolution for 2006 - lets all try and improve our Spanish - www.freetranslations.com
can help us start.
((/soapbox)) - Happy New 2006 to Everyone!!!