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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RE[2]: OT: Wrong about Americans
by joshv on Mon 26th Oct 2009 14:34 UTC in reply to "RE: OT: Wrong about Americans"
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"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.

This might be correct for the well educated strata you mentioned. But it isn't if you compare the majority in The Netherlands with the majority in the US. Growing up in the smaller country you practically can't avoid to learn some German, French, and English.

What percentage of the Dutch population do you imagine is as well educated as Thom? The Netherlands has it's working class as well. I doubt very much that most of them speak or write English half as well as Thom. I'll grant that most people will at least know some English, German or French, of necessity - nobody is going to understand your Dutch when you are carvanning around Europe on holiday.

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