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Do you have lots of online friends? And do you know all of those friends in real life? Is online friendship different from real life?

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Hi everyone,
I'm not sure I've understood very well the meaning of this sentence:
''Well, I don't not like him, if you know what I mean.'' That "..don't not..". I appreciate if you'll help me giving a clue.
Thank you so much

Hello Last biker

Emily means that she doesn't dislike Cameron, but that she's not sure that she really likes him either. It's as if 'not like' is a verb here; by putting 'don't' in front, it negates the already negative meaning of 'not like'.

Does that make sense?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

whose friend or partner in real life. Friendship on the Internet is very different from real life, because you cannot believe or share something with a stranger. Everything can be a fake from social networks. We should appreciate the people around us in real life. We have everything that needs to be excluded: I have never had a friend online. But, my girlfriend had many friends on the Internet. They’ve been on Skype for 4 years with each other, until then they sometimes talk and talk about work, life, study ... and motivate each other, even when I have never met him in real life. So interesting.

Hi there!
I think most of people have a lot more online friends than real life friends. Actually we understand that many of online friends are "Fake" friends. It can be just unfamiliar people, that you so once or twice a life. Also it can be your old friends from scool or university, old job and not always friends. There are a lot of sort of online friends.Very popular sale something online or provide services.
As to me I'v got about 250 online friends and 40-50 friends-salespersons. Some people i'v meet in the internet and never seen their in real life.We have same interests, usally it's footboll fans of Barcelona. Other online friends i can put to the above categorys online friends. Of cource we have huge differnce between online friendship and real life.

I used to have many online friends. I was a member of a forum. A forum is a virtual place that many people write about different things it has different sections , each section is allocated to a subject for example art, science, etc.
I was chatting with people on that forum about 3 years and I made friends with them . Moreover we connected to each other with yahoo messenger too.
I met some of those forum members several times but I've never seen some of them. then the forum was filtered and simultaneously I started working and I stopped visiting that forum, so I gradually forget those people some of them had my number and called sometimes but after one or two years we were totally disconnected.
I still remember those days .Those people were really important to me then, and I was thinking of them all the day but now I don't have any feeling to them. This is the life the people who are very important to you today maybe be strangers in future.
Now I use Instagram, Telegram, whatsApp to connect to my friends or my familly I' m not interested in find a friend in virtual world anymore. I'd rather spend my time with real people in the real world

Hello everyone, I don't have lots of online friends. I just only add the account whose is my friend or my partner in real life. The friendship on the internet is very different from real life because you can't believe or share anything with a stranger who you don't know in real life. Everything can be fake from social media. We should appreciate people around us in real life. But I still have an exception, I have had a friend on Skype for 4 years, until now, sometimes we talk and share about work, life, study...and motivate each other even when I have never met him in real life. So interesting. I think everything has advantages and disadvantages too.

" We should appreciate people around us in real life"- That's sounds great!

hello.. actually i am’t sure about uses of social media...but i think it depends on what we do and how we use it..for me when i feel nervous about it i do inactivate to my account..and go to take some fresh air and have fun

Hi , i don’t know if i am getting better with lessons..but i feel like i can’t organize my time in learning ..
so can you give me advice..like "how many hours should i take , and what should i focus in it ?"

Hello eldi,

I can't give you any really specific information because I don't know you well enough. I don't know how you learn, what your strengths and weaknesses are and how busy you are. In general, the more time, the better. However, motivation is important and spending too long doing something can mean that you get tired or bored. I think it's helpful to organise your time so that you study regularly, and to study in a place where you will not be disturbed. At the moment, for example, I'm learning German and I make sure that I have some time each day for study. During that time I turn off my phone and make sure that no emails or messages can interrupt me. If I feel tired then I stop.

We have a page with some tips and suggestions for learning English here.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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