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Post time 2010-6-23 10:09:41 |Display all floors
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Post time 2010-6-23 10:13:29 |Display all floors
Haha I agree with him.  France/French is totally useless.

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Post time 2010-6-23 10:36:03 |Display all floors

Wahahaha

A complete waste of space.

We had to learn compulsory French when I was at school.

That will be to do with the English government being French from 1066 for 300 years where the language of government was French only. Chaucer helped change that.

The French still believed they were, and are a world power. Not any more.

They are so arrogant and no member of the French government is allowed to speak English or use English words.

They almost curled up and died when French lost out to English as the language of diplomacy.  

Where is French used?

France, Quebec, Mississippi and a couple of former African slave states?

Better off with Spanish and Mandarin at least you can get a wider coverage.

Someone once said that, "The best government the French ever had was from 1940 - 1945".  

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Post time 2010-6-23 11:13:20 |Display all floors
No matter French is useless or not, I hope Chinese had better to learn info. about our competitors as much as possible.

France is a country of self-esteem, when it comes to inherit domestic cultures including French, and keeps its diplomatic independency. In stark contrast, India is a doomed country, though it became independent,  the mental status of its people has been being colonised, so they have to adopt English as their national language.  English is nothing superior than the mother tongue of other nations.

I double thumb for its ex President Chirac when he left out to protest his staff who spoke in English in EU Summit.

Come back to the topic, I wouldn't like to say  French is useless, since France is one of the most important countries in Europe, though the status of French is declining.

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Post time 2010-6-23 11:46:17 |Display all floors
I initially mistook the title talking about the French World Cup squad, which answer would be easy

Anyhow, when a language is the official national language in 29 countries and spoken by at least 400 million people, well, you can hardly say it is useless. It would depends on your own priorities and interests.

It is true though that Caucasians embedded in the Western cultures have more difficulties to learn "exotic" "foreign non-Roman" languages like Persian, Chinese and Russians...

For us it is important we learn more languages, as being able to understand a language is essential in understanding someone's else culture.

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