Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2002 00:14:53 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: tarpaulin

SimonJ wrote: > > > There is no 'official language' in this group, but I do not think there > > are > > > many readers from Germany, as not many Germans can communicate in > English > > > (or any other foreign language) and there are not many SAABs in Germany. > > > > WTF? besides german i speak english and spanish fluently and i also > > understand some french and portugese. > > why do you think many germans dont know any 2nd language? almost everyone > > here starts learning english in the 5th grade. > > and its like that since almost 30 years, i met very few people here that > > didnt know english at all. > > the only country that probably doenst speak so much secondary languages > > would probably be the USA, but even there alot > > of people speak french and spanish. i dont like germany really much at > all, > > but you should be careful when shouting out such generalizations to a big > > newsgroup. > > > > bye > > > > simon putz > > > > > Agree with you there Simon! The English and Americans are the worst for > bothering to learn languages, they always expect foreigners to speak to them > in English, even when abroad. Hey, watch out about generalizations. I went through the American school system and back then, a long time ago - Latin was required, which made learning Spanish and other Romance languages easier. Learning Latin also made my medical career much easier. German is not based on Latin - I guess the Germanic tribes did not appreciate what the Roman legions did way back then. Now, it is different in the American school systems - and I don't understand what my children are saying - they claim to be speaking English . . .

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