Is it rude to correct other people's spelling? Brazilian students at a school in Sao Paulo are learning English by correcting celebrity grammar on Twitter.
"@KimKardashian, you're beautiful. I'm Ana Beatriz from Brazil, I'm 8. Look, you wrote Were, but it's "we're". Kisses."
This girl is not being cheeky. She's learning English.
Twitter screen grab: Red Balloon
Students at Brazil's Red Balloon school learn English by correcting celebrity grammar on Twitter.
Students at the Red Balloon school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, have been making news because of their efforts to learn the language by correcting celebrity grammar on Twitter.
A YouTube video about Red Balloon's celeb grammar cops explains how social networking sites like Twitter have "unleashed a new trend" -- bad grammar.
"I think main point of social media is how fast it is. … But by being fast they are not really worried about their accuracy, they are more worried about their message," Andrea Baena, a teacher at the school, says in the video.
The video explains how celebrity tweets have a big influence on students.
"We have celebrities that are not really worried about the language," Baena says. "Concerning education, it's really bad because when they (students) see their idols speaking like that, they come to us and say, 'But this is right; he's American, he's using it.' "
But in reality, "it's not OK," Baena says.
So Red Balloon asked 8- to 13-year-old students to check their idols' tweets..
According to the video, although the students have earned kudos for their efforts from other Tweeters, no celebrities have responded yet.
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