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Just now, Mr. Linux said:

u r bad i pistol bang you all day csat boi

I was literally standing still as you shot me and you still took an entire mag to kill me I don't understand what you were trying to do.

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This reminds me of the year i spent in Dachau I learned German fluently I just want to thank:

  1. Obersturmbannführer Petrus Knauer
  2. Oberstarbeitsführer Adelar Pfitzner
  3. Sturmmann Alfons Tisch
  4. Oberscharführer Gerold Bahnsen
  5. Obergefreiter Günther Blomberg
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Just now, KrazyKnight said:

Love you too I guess. :frog:

 

24 minutes ago, BlackShot said:
Guys like @Midamaru, @explicit, @Chris Preuninger, @Olivia, @Morgan Lacerda, @Brendon Smith, @Alec-I, @InnateOcean, @Sandwich, @General Baked Potatoes, @KrazyKnight and a *bunch* of others were always very understanding about it, and communicating with them was essential.
 

 

You should've felt included when I emphasized "a bunch of others", you did help a lot. I'll absolutely mention you in a possible future farewell post, bb.

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Just now, BlackShot said:

You should've felt included when I emphasized "a bunch of others", you did help a lot. I'll absolutely mention you in a possible future farewell post, bb.

 

Hey look......................................................................................................................................................................love you too bb.....................................................................

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50 minutes ago, BlackShot said:

My first experiences were really funny. Whenever I arrested a toxic little prick, they would scream something like "Give me an English-speaking officer!" or "Do you even speak English?" and some other toxic stuff. My accent was weird (it's still somewhat noticeable) and I would 'stumble' over some words or mispronounce them with a certain higher frequency. However, it was still intelligible and I could make myself clear enough.

Hey, i understand so much how you can feel. My main language is French and i rarely speak english in real life. I have to reduce my vocabulary to the basic stuff. I remember when i got corpoal how much harder it was because people want to test much more your limit.

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1 hour ago, BlackShot said:
I guess this New Year's mood made me a bit inspired today, so I decided to share my story with you all - the ones that care enough to read it to the end. I don't mean to sound corny, it's really just about a legit experience with Asylum - and the people that play it - that indeed affected my real life in more than one way.
 
I started playing Asylum a bit before the hacking in 2015, but I took a considerable break because of personal reasons. I then returned in 2016, almost a year later I believe.
 
(For those of you who don't know it, I was born in Brazil and therefore my native language isn't English. It's Portuguese.)
 
One of the first things I did when I came back was apply again for the APD. Because I had a very limited level of English back then, I was very insecure about taking the interview and failing it, but things went good and I became a Cadet once again (had played a few weeks in 2015).
 
I made it to Constable after being helped a lot by @Mr. Linux and taking my ride-along with @Maxime, which was very easy-going about the English thing.
 
My first experiences were really funny. Whenever I arrested a toxic little prick, they would scream something like "Give me an English-speaking officer!" or "Do you even speak English?" and some other toxic stuff. My accent was weird (it's still somewhat noticeable) and I would 'stumble' over some words or mispronounce them with a certain higher frequency. However, it was still intelligible and I could make myself clear enough.
 
After playing for a few more months - let's say six or eight - was when my arrests and my experiences started changing. The toxic ones would now rarely mention the matter with my English. Now, whenever they said something, it probably involved the word 'pig' or similar. That's when I realized something else was changing: my Speaking was improving and that wouldn't have occurred to me if it wasn't by the toxic Asylum players. I guess I ironically owe them some thanks.
 
Few more months later and I took an exam called TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language. It's required to non-native speakers of English especially if they wanna join a North American university or college. It isn't an easy test and it involves 4 abilities: reading, listening, speaking and writing. My score was 110 out of 120, when the university I was interested in only required a score of 65, if I'm not mistaken.
 
I still haven't joined any foreign universities or left the country, but that's still in my list of goals. At this moment I'm studying law in my country and I also got a job last semester. Surprisingly, I worked as a teacher. What did I teach? English.
 
I'm not perfect at the language and I'm still far from speaking it like a native speaker (I still make a bunch of mistakes), but the progress I achieved in such a short time was thanks to all the time I spent talking and interacting with Asylum players. I wouldn't have got such a high score on my English test if it wasn't by the community nor would I have gotten a job if it wasn't by the exam I took (I attached it to my résumé).
 
Of course that in the meantime I got closer to some people that would treat me very kindly. At the beginning of my APD 'career', I remember asking people to correct my English and make me sound more natural. It really helps. It carried on to Steam, Skype, Discord and even WhatsApp. Guys like @Midamaru, @explicit, @Chris Preuninger, @Olivia, @Morgan Lacerda, @Brendon Smith, @Alec-I, @InnateOcean, @Sandwich, @General Baked Potatoes, @GreenDemon, @Samperino and a *bunch * of others were always very understanding about it, and communicating with them was essential.
 
Besides getting an excellent grade on my test and getting a job after spending time on Asylum, I also made a lot of friends. From enjoying online game sessions to trading real-life advice (and I could quote Midamaru again), playing in this community allowed me to expand my knowledge and build strong friendships. This isn't a farewell post so I won't quote anyone else, but you know who you are.
 
Finally, I wanted to say that learning a new language is hard as fuck. It requires constant practice and a lot of patience. The ones who strive for perfection, like me, suffer a bit more, 'cause there's no magical formula to learn it all and learn it perfectly - especially Speaking, it sucks. If you find someone trying to learn or speak your language, give them some encouragement and help them when needed. Correcting he/she and giving tips is very important too (just don't be a dick about it).
 
Oh, and thanks @BaDaBiNg_10-8 and @Clint Beastwood for not letting the thing that brought me so many amazing experiences be buried under the ground. Wish you all the best in the new management!
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I remember your TOEFL exam! I was so excited for u when you told me the results! I bet u did better than the lady you let me take a listen to for examples. Keep on thriving my dude!!!

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35 minutes ago, Le Razoir said:

Hey, i understand so much how you can feel. My main language is French and i rarely speak english in real life. I have to reduce my vocabulary to the basic stuff. I remember when i got corpoal how much harder it was because people want to test much more your limit.

Yup. When I'm writing I have more freedom, but I'd say my vocabulary is somewhat limited too. Takes time to expand it and put everything into practice.

 

3 minutes ago, Rosie said:

I remember your TOEFL exam! I was so excited for u when you told me the results! I bet u did better than the lady you let me take a listen to for examples. Keep on thriving my dude!!!

Very true, you had a direct impact on it! Thanks for helping me study, Rosie!!

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I don't know why I'm crying in the Square right now.

Your story really spoke to me, especially since I experienced similar harassment growing up. I had speech problems when I was young and it required 3 years of speech therapy before I got better. I felt relieved and happy once my speech improved and the bullying stopped. I'm glad you pushed through and achieved so much, I am too much of a lazy-ass to learn a second language or even my own native language.

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Just now, Kettles said:

I don't know why I'm crying in the Square right now.

Your story really spoke to me, especially since I experienced similar harassment growing up. I had speech problems when I was young and it required 3 years of speech therapy before I got better. I felt relieved and happy once my speech improved and the bullying stopped. I'm glad you pushed through and achieved so much, I am too much of a lazy-ass to learn a second language or even my own native language.

Such an interesting comment! Thanks for sharing it, Kettles, and I'm glad to know you made it through too!

About learning a new language, well... Basic English is required at school and 95% of the games I ever played are or were created by English speakers. English is also some sort of universal language, so let's say I had a lot of motivation, or else I'd probably never want to learn a second language, just like you, haha.

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@BlackShot Mah favourite gringo! Don't forget that aside from the people that helped you that you've done a ton of work yourself. As you say its really hard to learn a language and keep going for it, i can speak from experience from when i was learning german. So be proud of yourself ;)

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3 hours ago, Le Razoir said:

Hey, i understand so much how you can feel. My main language is French and i rarely speak english in real life. I have to reduce my vocabulary to the basic stuff. I remember when i got corpoal how much harder it was because people want to test much more your limit.

Gotta say never met a French punk.

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On 1/6/2019 at 3:51 AM, Mason Statham said:

This is so real and true I had/have my own speech problems and the only way to improve on stuff like this is too take anything negative against you and use it to fuel you.

Very true, Mason. There'll always be someone to get in our way, but just try to make the best of it as I did. Thanks for sharing your experience!

 

On 1/6/2019 at 5:45 AM, Midamaru said:

@BlackShot Mah favourite gringo! Don't forget that aside from the people that helped you that you've done a ton of work yourself. As you say its really hard to learn a language and keep going for it, i can speak from experience from when i was learning german. So be proud of yourself ;)

Thanks for all the help, mate <3

 

On 1/6/2019 at 9:20 AM, K A Z E M said:

Very nice @BlackShot 

Thanks, Kazem!

 

On 1/6/2019 at 9:49 AM, william said:

Hope you didn't pick anything up from me @BlackShot I'm from the north of england, we have a different language up here. Also don't listen to @Bazzajack 95% of the time I don't know what hes saying with his broken accent.

I always thought I was the only one who had trouble understanding Bazza. Phew!

 

23 hours ago, explicit said:

<3

Thanks for helping, bud <3

 

21 hours ago, GreenDemon said:

Love ya' big man.

 

Love ya too, cute Canadian! s2

 

21 hours ago, Heidelberg said:

Good stuff man. Can say the same, Asylum also made my English better in so many ways. Had a horrible danish accent when speaking English before, now some people mistake me for being American with my accent.  Keep up the good work!

True, I can't say how much Asylum helped me, including improving my accent - which is still far from being perfect.

 

21 hours ago, Boris said:

He's an angel.

 

I can second that.

 

10 hours ago, kryptonthegamer said:

Truly cringe....

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So short version. 

Asylum helped you with english and accepted your english back when it wasn't good. 

Don't get me wrong, good for you but there are better places to learn english.

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1 hour ago, Chau said:

lol @explicit actually being nice to someone.

He might have his moments but he's a terrific guy. I remember the first time we met. He took me to a hidden cave with a heli and RPd something funny w/ a weird accent *while* I was playing cop. When returning to Kavala we got shot out of the chopper by some sort of prick RDMer. We then became friends on Steam. Can't believe that maniac cave dweller convinced me to jump in in the first place.

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4 minutes ago, BlackShot said:

He might have his moments but he's a terrific guy. I remember the first time we met. He took me to a hidden cave with a heli and RPd something funny w/ a weird accent *while* I was playing cop. When returning to Kavala we got shot out of the chopper by some sort of prick RDMer. We then became friends on Steam. Can't believe that maniac cave dweller convinced me to jump in in the first place.

was he rping as a mentally disabled person?

 

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