They say the present continuous tense will disappear from international English. I think it already has. Yesterday I was looking at a bulletin board in the international students’ dormitory and there were two notes tacked up next to one another:

“I sell my bike”


“I look for my watch”

I’m not trying to make fun of anyone; I really respect everyone around here for functioning fluently in a language that is not their mother tongue. It’s just that sometimes it’s mildly amusing for a native English speaker. Either one of these messages would not be particularly funny in isolation, but in juxtaposition, they are.