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Silver

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

My friend Ping was curious why I am always learning English, each time she saw me I was busying putting down new words and phrases or doing something else to improve my English, I told her there are many tutors and they might be working very hard:

I don't want others to surpass me

I wonder if the bold as a reply is okay.

Thanks a lot
 
  • Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    I wonder if the bold as a reply is okay.
    Language-wise, there is nothing wrong with your reply.
    And I suppose that in a dog-eat-dog world, it sounds normal.
    However, I personally would say something like: I want to be the best English tutor I can be.
     

    Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    Thanks a lot, two of my favorite language advisers, but, may I ask would it sound a bit pompous from a 32-year-old man? I thought of a term a moment ago, also is my last question, (not to make a list), how about "fall behind"? I don't want to fall behind.

    Thanks a lot!
     

    Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    There's nothing at all pompous about wanting to be the best you can be (at any age).
    After all, you're not saying you want to be the best English tutor, just the best English tutor you can be.
    And, rather than referring to "falling behind," why don't you put a positive spin on it and say something like: I want to keep up with my English.:)
     
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