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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:Joe Hill <joe@...>
Date:Sunday, February 24, 2002, 12:39
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From: "Jonathan Knibb" <jonathan_knibb@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2002 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: "Usefull languages"

> Danny Wier wrote: > From: "Christophe Grandsire" <christophe.grandsire@...> > >>> > | I read everything that comes at sight :)) . Don't leave a box of
> | edible near me, because I'm gonna read the ingredient lists in all > | languages [...] > It's boring here in America. Most products are English-only. An increasing > number also have Spanish. On other occasions, you find French, if the > product is also sold in Canada. And then there are the occasional import > items with German or Thai or Chinese or Finnish or whatever. > <<< > > Really? In the UK there are *lots* of things with a huge range of
> on them ... a thirty-second search of my flat yields the following: > > hairdryer case: > English, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish > Pringles (potato snack thing, in case there is a culture left
> 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) > > I presume this has to do with the international marketing of these
> as few of these languages would be useful to UK residents, compared with
> Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Serbo-Croat, Polish, etc. I strongly suspect (as
> said in a previous post) that the constant low-level linguistic
> I experienced each morning in the shower during my formative years played
> significant part in keeping my interest in languages fired up. >
Yes, I love trying to read the back of shower gel too. Mine doesn't even have English.