Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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OT: Wrong about Americans
by joshv on Sun 25th Oct 2009 13:32 UTC
joshv
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"Most of our readers come from the United States, and as such, will have little to no experience in dealing with languages other than English (which, I can assure you, is a great loss - nothing broadens your horizon more than learning a new language)"

Good lord - generalize much? I deal with Spanish every day, living in a city with a large minority hispanic population. I took French in high school, studied Nederlands in college and even got in a semester of Hungarian while in Budapest. My wife took the obligatory high school French, speaks fluent German (Germans ask her what part of Germany she is from) and studied Swedish in college.

Granted, I live in a world where my languages is the lingua franca, so no, my skills in a non-native language are certainly not as buff as yours, but you are wrong to assume that people in the US with a similar educational level as your own, have little or no exposure to foreign languages.

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