How can I become fluent in English?
You have received some incredibly brilliant answers, many from extremely qualified and well placed individuals too, so let me give you a foreigner's practical perspective, if I may.I was born in Italy, didn't speak a word of English when I first came to London thirty years ago, there were no 'online resources' then, and I remember going to the movies bringing a pocket dictionary with me. The problem was though, I did not know the spelling of most words I heard on screen, so I always felt like attempting synchronized swimming in a force 10 gale at sea.One day, a very old guy who was sitting next to me at the cinema, noticing how furiously and frustratingly I was flicking my well worn out dictionary, asked me how well I wanted to speak. "Like I native" I answered. He laughed and said that that was not possible, but he could teach me so people would be impressed by my English nevertheless. We met regularly and talked about all sorts of things, it turned up he was a retired professor of modern languages at Cambridge University, fluent in Italian too.He told me that the only way to become almost perfect at speaking a language, not just English, was to allow others to correct you, even constantly, as you speak. He said that that would irritate most people immensely, but surely it was the best and fastest way. So he did, and I remember these surreal and surely irritatingly stuttered conversations, that eventually became more balanced, as he interrupted me less and less.One evening we were together at a dinner party and a lady sitting next to us complimented me on my English, saying it was perfect, asking where I came from. Before I could answer he said to her, visibly irritated, that if my English was truly perfect she wouldn't have noticed.As we were walking home I asked him how I could improve further, especially my diction, so to become perfect. He smiled, hugged me and said "Franz, what makes you special and 'exotic' is exactly that, your accent and your little imperfections and odd grammar, never lose it completely, it would be a huge mistake."I was very fond of him, he taught me not just English, but a most valuable lesson too: make the most of what you have received in life at birth, it is what makes you special.I felt confident enough eventually to write several books, and I even won a Creative Review Award for my writing. Nowadays I give lectures to all sorts of audiences, and whenever someone compliments on my "perfect" English I smile and answer "hopefully it isn't, so you'll remember me better".My English is far from perfect, but it has an unique style (or so I hope) and my accent is so undefined that people cannot really figure out where I come from, and that is enough.So find someone you can talk to regularly who is happy to correct you every time you make a mistake, but at the same time don't lose what makes you special, exotic.
Do W9 forms need to be filled out by hand? Can I fill it out in a text editor like Word instead?
No, W9 forms do not need to be filled out by hand. Assuming you have a PDF, there are many PDF editors which allow you to fill in the form on your personal computer and even insert a signature, if you have one.Mac’s Preview app does this on most PDFs. Word might actually do it as well, I simply don’t use Word. Google Docs has the functionality, as well.
Does a method exist in WordPress to pass data that a user fills out on a form to pre-populate a word or PDF document?
When you don't want to write out entire swear words, how do you fill in with symbols like A#$ - Are there specific symbols to use?
Thanks for the A2AWhen you don't want to write out entire swear words, how do you fill in with symbols like A#$ - Are there specific symbols to use?If there are any specific sets of rules for this, I haven’t heard of them and suspect they would be “house rules”, meaning specific to a certain publisher.I have seen anything from a random list of characters that don’t even match a correct number of letters ( ^#&^#* ) to all asterisks (******) to things that make it clear what the word was ( sh!t ) ( f***) or that make you figure it out ($#!+) .If you are not following someone else’s house rules, I suggest you pick what works best for you.If you don’t want the word to be obvious, then obfusicate it enough that it can’t be determined. If you want it to be silly and cartoonish, then make sure it doesn’t even look like something. If you want people to know, but don’t want to print the word, common practice in the media has been to do things like “ f-word” or “f***”.I don’t think there is any “standard”, so pick what works best for what you are doing.For more information on this, try looking into “Grawlixes”The Lexicon of Comicana - WikipediaYou can find some thoughts on their use here:What the @#$%&! Is a Grawlix?