CHAT: The EU expands
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 2, 2004, 17:11|
Danny Wier wrote:
> (I live in the USA; we're still trying to get used to TWO languages here.)
Surely you mean three: the NAFTA regulations require that any product
that is to be exported from one country to another be marked in that
other country's language. This has resulted in many manufacturers
printing names of products and various instructions in all of English,
French and Spanish (with the latter two usually smaller, given the
much larger number of English speakers in North America).
But you're right that in the US there are far, far more Spanish speakers
than there are French speakers.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right
University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of
1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter.
Chicago, IL 60637