galaxyrocker wrote:Some people want to speak a language as naturally as possible or like the natives do. Therefore formal language isn't what they're looking for, and it's often out if place when used among friends. I'm one of those people, and actually focus on learning what is natural opposed to what is 'standard'. And there's nothing wrong with wanting to learn both.
Ironically, some natives prefer to speak formally, even to their friends and families. I am reasonably balanced and use both formal and informal registers, however, I am beginning to resist the slippery slope that is "keeping up with the latest slang" because that changes every single day. It is good to use both, but I think that it sounds much better when someone speaks formally, and then you get to find out that the said formal speaker is actually an extremely amazing person.
galaxyrocker wrote: I also disagree with the notion that sounding educated us better than sounding natural. Even among natives. It often comes down to register and why you're using the language.
Clearly, it is a matter of preference. I have recently made friends with someone who talks formally (yes, I am talking about you, Skynet ). I find the way he speaks very interesting and perfectly natural because he reads a great deal, and yet does not sound affected when speaking. People generally have negative opinions about people who use the formal register, however, I a, intrigued by it, and I am pretty sure that some of the skeptics secretly feel the same way too.