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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, February 25, 2002, 4:02
From: "Jonathan Knibb" <jonathan_knibb@...>

| hairdryer case:
| English, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish
| Pringles (potato snack thing, in case there is a culture left pringleless):
| English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Finnish, Greek (modern only :) ),
| Italian, Danish (or is it Norwegian??), Portuguese, Swedish
| shower gel:
| English, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Slovak, Latvian, and a
| single phrase in Arabic script (?language)

The Arabic may be a Halal certification (the Islamic counterpart to kosher). I'd
actually have to see the phrase or word.

| I presume this has to do with the international marketing of these products,
| as few of these languages would be useful to UK residents, compared with say
| Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Serbo-Croat, Polish, etc.  I strongly suspect (as I
| said in a previous post) that the constant low-level linguistic stimulation
| I experienced each morning in the shower during my formative years played a
| significant part in keeping my interest in languages fired up.

For me I think it would have to be Sesame Street, which mixes Spanish and
English educational features.


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