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Re: Essential Swedish?

From:Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 3, 2004, 7:01
--- Peter Bleackley <Peter.Bleackley@...>
> > French is essentially a language that elides > everything that doesn't get > out of the way fast enough, and nasalises everything > else.
That was an excellent definition !
> English is essentially the language of people who > think that everybody else > speaks their language. French is essentially the > language of people who > think that everybody else should speak theirs.
I'd rather say 'American' instead of English. Some English people cross over to the continent sometimes, and they notice that there exist people speaking different languages. I think they tell it to their friends and relatives when they come home. Americans don't even notice it. I also would say that French people think that nothing as changed since before 1st World War, when French was indeed an international language. If you look at postcards from Russia from 1900, you'll notice that not only the legend is in French and Russian, but also the signs on the city shops for ex are often translated into French. And Russia was not the only example for this. That was in the good old times. Now we regressed to the status of Estonia, no offence to Estonians. ===== Philippe Caquant "Le langage est source de malentendus." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Search - Find what you’re looking for faster


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