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Old 10.04.2011, 23:41
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...every single service of every single village would have to hire native English speakers.
Thats what we demand! more opportunities for English speakers
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Never heard of them.
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You got it right ... thats why the Swiss people love to contribute to this forum not only to use our English language but to enjoy a fabulous humour........
I am just using you for language acquisition. Somebody said I was now B2/C1, that's a huge improvement since I registered, I put myself at B1. And I am not paying you. And I still speak three out of four national languages here. I have no personal reason to be discussing this topic, I am just using you.
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I am just using you.
We wouldn't expect anything less.
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You got it right ... thats why the Swiss people love to contribute to this forum not only to use our English language but to enjoy a fabulous humour........

You did advise not to assume. Well I can assure you I am British - had that little burgundy book for about 38 years- perhaps longer than you
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Old 10.04.2011, 23:47
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What is bad about a mix ??? Even a well established language PROFITS from "mixing in " add-ons from other languages
Nothing is bad about a mix and I have never inferred otherwise. It just happens not to be. English, in my opinion, has far surpassed either German or French and so it cannot be "simply" a mix of the two. This doesn't have anything to do with the English and their awesomeness. It has to do with the sheer number of people who speak it. Billions of people use it every day - to assume that French has remained competitive as a language in spite of all of this is incredibly closed minded. English since Shakespeare has risen to incredible heights and this should be recognised. Not understanding English means you're shut out of most modern culture, from film and television to music and poetry and journalism....or what is the German equivalent of the Beatles?
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Old 10.04.2011, 23:49
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Thats what we demand! more opportunities for English speakers
The problem is that these people should be literate in the other languages as well. Just using English words with French or German roots wouldn't be enough.

No I know that there are English speakers who actually fulfill that requirement. But then again, they were probably not among the complainers in the first place and would not want to pay extra taxes for services they don't need anyway.
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Old 10.04.2011, 23:51
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You did advise not to assume. Well I can assure you I am British - had that little burgundy book for about 38 years- perhaps longer than you
It was probably blue when you first got it, wasn't it?
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Never heard of them.
You obviously do not watch UK news or read the British Press. They recently tried to set Luton ablaze but failed miserably, thank Dog. They make the BNP look quite respectable.
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You did advise not to assume. I can assure you I am British, I've had that lovely little red book for many, many years (about 38
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English, in my opinion, has far surpassed either German or French
That's not your opinion, that's the opinion of 7 billion people minus 72 million Swiss & French ...
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I am just using you for language acquisition. Somebody said I was now B2/C1, that's a huge improvement since I registered, I put myself at B1. And I am not paying you. And I still speak three out of four national languages here. I have no personal reason to be discussing this topic, I am just using you.
I'm trying to match the level of English in Wolli's posts.
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You obviously do not watch UK news or read the British Press.
Well, of course not: I live in Switzerland.

I sometimes buy the Daily Mail for a laugh, but I always skip the first three or four pages, because I'm not remotely interested in foreign affairs.

But there, you see. I've learnt something today. I now know that an EDL is a kind of arsonist group.
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Nothing is bad about a mix and I have never inferred otherwise. It just happens not to be. English, in my opinion, has far surpassed either German or French and so it cannot be "simply" a mix of the two. This doesn't have anything to do with the English and their awesomeness. It has to do with the sheer number of people who speak it.
Thats were I think you are wrong. A lingua franca is usually a dumbed down version of the original language-because a lot of people use it in a quite basic way.

There is more and more Mickey Mouse and less and less James Joyce.
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had that little burgundy book for about 38 years- perhaps longer than you
There you go assuming again my book was black before if was burgundy ....... I had a feeling you may have defected from the motherland ....
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I rather fancy you haven't!!!



You say that like it's a bad thing in some way

The red one I've had for a lot longer
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Thats were I think you are wrong. A lingua franca is usually a dumbed down version of the original language-because a lot of people use it in a quite basic way.

There is more and more Mickey Mouse and less and less James Joyce.
A lingua franca is a bridging/second language. English is this, plus the first language of 3 or 4 of the world's 6 or so most influential and powerful countries over the last 300 years. Indeed the world's only cultural and military superpower has been the UK and the USA (concurrently) over this time period.

However, James Joyce isn't necessarily better or more important than Mickey Mouse. In any case, English has more of both than any other language.
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Got the first 3 letters right DB
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Old 11.04.2011, 00:07
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A lingua franca is a bridging/second language. English is this, plus the first language of 3 or 4 of the world's 6 or so most influential and powerful countries over the last 300 years. Indeed the world's only cultural and military superpower has been the UK and the USA (sequentially) over this time period.
Corrected that for you.

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However, James Joyce isn't necessarily better or more important than Mickey Mouse. In any case, English has more of both than any other language.
Yes, just as Italian has more Dante Alighieri than any other language...
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Old 11.04.2011, 00:08
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Got the first 3 letters right DB
Now I'm really confused.

Never mind. It's bed time, and England is a long way away, so I'll just chalk it up to "some other stuff that isn't really anything to do with me" and turn in.

Good night!
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