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"Dutch English"; language death on Phalera [was Re: Active andPassive please help]

From:Anton Sherwood <bronto@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 17:48
"Thomas R. Wier" wrote:
> Which brings up an interesting question: how many people from the > Netherlands speak English in their daily life? IIRC, something like > 80% of people there can speak *some*, at least.
In 1975 my family toured Europe. On one occasion in the Netherlands we asked a passerby for directions, which were supplied, along with an apology for her poor English. We laughed that someone who knew the word `cloverleaf' (for a road junction) should have anything to apologize for! -- Anton Sherwood --