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Re: French

From:Erbrice <erbrice@...>
Date:Thursday, January 22, 2009, 3:24
ok to me
Le 21 janv. 09 à 13:45, R A Brown a écrit :

> Philip Newton wrote: >> 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?" > > As one who said "Amen" to Sai's suggestion that the OP try again in > French, may I concur wholeheartedly. Certainly I *never* intended > to imply "Your English sucks", nor would I ever say or write such a > thing. I cannot, of course, speak for Sai, but I would be extremely > surprised if he meant any such thing either. > > I understood the suggestion as intending to be *helpful* - > certainly that is what I intended by supporting it. > > I am genuinely sorry that this has been misunderstood. > > Personally, I find no problem in a mix of English & French. We've > had IIRC the occasionally posting in Swedish. I don't recall that > causing any concern at the time. > > I would agree that threads _entirely_ in French are not > satisfactory, but where the odd bit of posting in French help, I > see no problem. If one needs clarification, there are sufficient > bilingual people on the list to help out (if one is wary about > causing offense, a private email to one of our 'bilinguals' is > possible). > > -- > Ray > ================================== > > ================================== > CENEDL HEB IAITH, CENEDL HEB GALON. > (A nation without a language is a > nation without a heart) > [Welsh proverb]