|From:||Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 20:18|
On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 20:58, Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 2:35 PM, Paul Kershaw <ptkershaw@...> wrote:
>> Problem the second: Again, recall how this issue started in the first place: Someone
>> whose native language wasn't English was told, in barely more political
>> words, that his English was substandard and that he ought to write in French.
> I don't think that was elitism. That was genuine inability to
> understand each other, and IIRC, only after that misunderstanding led
> to more than a little hostility on both sides did someone suggest that
> the OP try again in French.
Indeed. The feeling I got was also not "Your English sucks" but "I
seem to have difficulty understanding your point; since that's
possible due not to the way you present your argument but merely due
to your level of competence in English, perhaps you could express
yourself more clearly in French, to let us understand better what you
are trying to express?"
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>