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Old 13th Jan 2015, 10:28
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Ah yes, les Quebecois

Les Québécois sont des anglos qui parlent français | Pascal Henrard / URBANIA | Urbania

This article in La Presse reckons they're all secretly Anglos who speak French, and therefore feel very defensive with real Anglos.
I am fortunate to speak French with a half-decent Parisian accent, so I get accepted as a visiting Frenchman. The problem is that they immediately give me full speed Canadian French, of which I understand about 1 word in 3. But at least I don't get sneered at.

Get to know the Dutch - they all speak at least 6 languages.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 10:31
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Get to know the Dutch - they all speak at least 6 languages.
Waiting for someone in a Dutch office. The cleaner came in. She chatted to us in English, for the language practice.


Imagine that with a foreign language visitor in an English office!
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 10:41
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Get to know the Dutch - they all speak at least 6 languages.
That's a bit of an exaggeration, but there are very few who don't speak English at a level which puts many native English speakers to shame, along with one or two other European languages.

When working with Dutch people, I often forget that they are not native English speakers, since they are not only linguistically good but also have the same understanding of humour and colloquialism.

I have a Dutch friend who speaks English, with a slight Irish accent since he studied there, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, French, Spanish, German, and Czech. He's also good looking, dresses beautifully, has impeccable manners and charm, and is married - to a man! My female friends who meet him always say "what a waste ...."
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 11:04
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Once, when chatting to a Dutch colleague about their famed language abilities I asked how on earth they did it. His reply: "It's easy. We have to. Who the **** else speaks Dutch!"
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 11:07
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Civic Nationalism vs Ethnic Nationalism

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Old 13th Jan 2015, 11:23
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Imagine that with a foreign language visitor in an English office!
If the visitor spoke Sudanese, Somali or Urdu they would probably get on all right!
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 11:28
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Who the **** else speaks Dutch!"
Only the Vlaamse, who don't really count for much, and the Afrikaners, about which no doubt someone will say 'ditto'!

There are a couple of languages such as Papiamento and Surinamese which draw from Dutch.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 11:32
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I got into a cab at Amsterdam Central station once and found I'd got the only taxi driver in Amsterdam who didnt speak English! Still, he spoke German and with my O Level German we just about got by. My son lives in Delft and works in Rotterdam and he now speaks reasonable Dutch, to the point that the locals now only rarely reply in English when he speaks to them, which can be depressing when you are learning a language!
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 11:40
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"It's easy. We have to. Who the **** else speaks Dutch!"
I'm cursed by being fluent in Norwegian. A thoroughly useless language as it's only spoken by about five million people of the planet's six or seven billion people. At least four million of those five million speak English at least as well as I do.

I naturally speak with with a Sunnmøre accent, but I can imitate the Bergense and Stavanger accents as well as Nord Norge dialect.

Speaking in multiple accents is a bit of a Noggie trait, multikulti in their own way:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT7TFqBY0rE
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 12:15
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så her er vi på en annen fyllefest igjen, skål!
The only phrase I remember in Norwegian!
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 12:42
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All I remember about Norway is people using their cigarette lighters to melt the urine from car door locks after leaving the nightclub at 2am so the keys would work. Apparently it was a great practical joke..

Thank heavens for central locking!

oh, and lutefisk
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 14:02
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You can keep the fekkin lutefisk.

That, and criminals, are ideal for ǝxdoɹʇ ʇo ʇɥǝ dǝuɐl ɔolouᴉǝs snɔɥ ɐs ∀nsʇɹɐlᴉɐ.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 14:27
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Oz knows the meaning of multiculturalism, by golly. (Somebody please tell me Adelaide Now is the equivalent of The Onion.)

Adelaide pathologist wants more squat toilets to address needs of large migrant population.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 14:35
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Pigboat, what Adelaide needs is toilets which fire it right back at them. After several experiences they should learn how to use the toilet. This is why they won't integrate. No need.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 15:40
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I used a bidet to pee in once in France. Amusing for me after I found out what its real purpose in life is. Not so amusing for Die Frauelein at the time.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 15:43
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A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has caused a stir by declaring the building of snowmen as anti-Islamic.
After a snowstorm hit northern Saudi Arabia this week, a religious website asked Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid if it was acceptable for fathers to build snowmen for their children, Reuters reports.
"It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun," Sheikh Munajjid said.
Sheikh Munajjid, quoting Muslim scholars, argues that the building of snowmen creates an image of human beings -- an action viewed as sinful under Saudi Arabia’s interpretation of Sunni Islam.
The decree drew mixed responses on Twitter, where users were posting in Arabic and identifying themselves with Arab names.
"They are afraid for their faith of everything ... sick minds," one user wrote.
"It (building snowmen) is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism," another user wrote. "May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about."
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 16:01
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My kind of snow sculptures!
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 16:41
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Originally Posted by rgbrock1 View Post
"It (building snowmen) is imitating the infidels, it promotes lustiness and eroticism," another user wrote. "May God preserve the scholars, for they enjoy sharp vision and recognize matters that even Satan does not think about."
I hope he was being sarcastic.
If not, then he needs to try to have it on with a snowman / snowwoman / snowgoat. That should teach him about how lustiness relates to snowmen.
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Old 13th Jan 2015, 17:07
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LW50:

I think he was being sarcastic, especially with his reference to Satan. Then again, ya never know!
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