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Re: French

From:Andreas Johansson <andreasj@...>
Date:Friday, January 23, 2009, 15:21
On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:
> On 2009-01-23 Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets wrote: >> >> So I'm very happy to hear that at least one native speaker has a similar >> experience. My husband (native >> Dutch speaker) tells me that he understands the basics of >> Swedish, > > This native speaker of Swedish, near-native speaker of > German and competent L2 speaker of English has the > opposite experience: while I can make out written > Dutch fairly well I can't understand spoken Dutch > even if my life depended on it.
Similarly here. I speak good English and decent German, yet can make out almost nothing of spoken Dutch. That Dutch-speakers should find Swedish comparatively easy strikes me as rather weird. -- Andreas Johansson Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?