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She is doing hourly zoom chats in French with 2 people so her comprehension is improving. Our French neighbour from Paris asked where I came from in France as she could not pinpoint my accent, I find this highly amusing as I was asked the same question by a waiter in the south of France, he then started speaking English with my then French Girlfriend (He was from the Alsace ). As my grammar is fairly non existent its bordering on ridiculous, my wife says I speak 'Bluffers French'
My father was great at languages, particularly at French. And that back in the day when their exposure was almost inexistent. When he visited France for the first time in the 90s he was asked whether he was a French language teacher back home. He was quite flattered. His generations studied Russian too.
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Re: can moderator cancel the "negative reputations" given to me by 2 members?

So, to summarise the preceding couple of hundred posts, the moderators can cancel negative reputation blobbies, but won't.
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Old 10.03.2021, 12:29
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Re: can moderator cancel the "negative reputations" given to me by 2 members?

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So, to summarise the preceding couple of hundred posts, the moderators can cancel negative reputation blobbies, but won't.
Aww, a factual summary - just when it was getting interesting
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Old 10.03.2021, 12:46
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Aww, a factual summary - just when it was getting interesting
Would you like a mod to summarize it for you in mod langs?

Which of mine would you prefer?

Mods should put lil flags next to the status! Like Ikea store people: I speak....
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Would you like a mod to summarize it for you in mod langs?
Which of mine would you prefer?
Mods should put lil flags next to the status! Like Ikea store people: I speak....
How about "all mod cons" or would that be derailing a derailed thread?
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Old 10.03.2021, 12:58
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Mods should put lil flags next to the status! Like Ikea store people: I speak....
Good idea, we could put flags on people in Ikea to help the staff do their job better

yellow flag = lost, so don't help
red flag = pi$$ed off because walking in circles for 2 hours, so don't approach
green flag = innocent newbie who walked in by accident so you can sell them something
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Old 10.03.2021, 13:06
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Re: can moderator cancel the "negative reputations" given to me by 2 members?

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So, to summarise the preceding couple of hundred posts, the moderators can cancel negative reputation blobbies, but won't.
But somehow the OP is miraculously deep in the green now and this has nothing to do with the mods?
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Old 10.03.2021, 13:08
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But somehow the OP is miraculously deep in the green now and this has nothing to do with the mods?

Unfortunately only OP (and the mods I think) can see who :-)
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Old 10.03.2021, 13:13
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Re: can moderator cancel the "negative reputations" given to me by 2 members?

To not expect a thread to meander with 45 participants...is a good theory. Internet does that. The OP got his answer a while back so I am not worried.

I wonder where he went. The green he got from people was a kind gesture. Internet does that, too. People are mostly kind, imho.

SoftDrink - meta-derailing? Meh.
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But somehow the OP is miraculously deep in the green now and this has nothing to do with the mods?
Nothing to do with this mod.
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Old 10.03.2021, 13:28
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Good idea, we could put flags on people in Ikea to help the staff do their job better

yellow flag = lost, so don't help
red flag = pi$$ed off because walking in circles for 2 hours, so don't approach
green flag = innocent newbie who walked in by accident so you can sell them something
I need "I don't like to be in the store" flag.
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How about "all mod cons" or would that be derailing a derailed thread?
I like it!

Thanks.
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Re: can moderator cancel the "negative reputations" given to me by 2 members?

I hope it's in English. All of it.
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ahahahaha - Mod cons - ah well. I am zipping it.
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ahahahaha - Mod cons - ah well. I am zipping it.
Not all of them are but I can think of a couple fo sho.
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I see what you did there
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I hope it's in English. All of it.
just plain - perhaps antiquated - English
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a language that is in use. latin is for example not a modern language.
Yet more people have a working knowledge of Latin or Biblical Hebrew than of, say Cornish or Manx or Jicarilla or Mansi . Yet the latter four are classified as modern languages and the former two are not. Why?

What all these languages have in common is that massively more people speak them as a second language than natively. If indeed any native speakers survive at all.

I heard recently that there are only two native speakers of Ainu left, both of them over 100. Yet there are several 10,000 speakers who learnt it as a second language (to varying degrees of proficiency). At what point does a language cease to be modern?
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Yet more people have a working knowledge of Latin or Biblical Hebrew than of, say Cornish or Manx or Jicarilla or Mansi . Yet the latter four are classified as modern languages and the former two are not. Why?

What all these languages have in common is that massively more people speak them as a second language than natively. If indeed any native speakers survive at all.

I heard recently that there are only two native speakers of Ainu left, both of them over 100. Yet there are several 10,000 speakers who learnt it as a second language (to varying degrees of proficiency). At what point does a language cease to be modern?
Good ol' Wiki:
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In 2006, "the most commonly studiedforeign language[s] in the U.S., determined by the number of students enrolled inforeign languageclasses in colleges and universities" were, in order of popularity: Spanish, French, German, American SignLanguage, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Russian, and Arabic.
So, the "spoken" is probably a bit wobbly, as a criterion, so is "foreign", looks like. The sociolinguistics and pragmalinguistics studies I took operated with a lot of terms, "second" language was another, etc.

I remember years back we had a heated debate on "semi-fluent", was it? Semi-literate!

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