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ilearnabc:
this french attitude has nothing to do any more with "self esteem,
it's just already close to plain arrogance, hybris, and chauvinism.

The reaction of chirac was infantile escapism from a simple reality check.
It's not just the french themselves.
People in Belgium HAVE to learn both national Languages.
Nevertheless when ending up in the wallony several years ago,
asking politely in french to please change to dutch, flamish, english, german or whatever,
while talking to me, just resulted in even less clearer but much faster french talking.

But still the gutts to ask if I could possibly pay in Deutschmark,
having German among the languages asked for. I couldn't, but wouldn't have in the first place.

I actually agree with Wahahaha on Italian.:)
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Post time 2010-6-23 12:59:02 |Display all floors
Just noticing again, CDBBS seems to have a french forum as well,
how about opening this thread there as well?:)
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Post time 2010-6-23 13:39:10 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Wahahaha at 2010-6-23 11:09


We're talking here about Europe or the EU to be precise. Shouldn't it be a must for all well educated Europeans to learn at least one, better two or three other European languages? English, French and German are the EU's most important languages because their countries of origin are the core of the EU.

This does of course not mean that other, non European, languages are less important. Young people who are interested and who see beyond Europe will study other languages as well. Chinese, for instance, is on the increase.

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Post time 2010-6-23 13:45:43 |Display all floors
Originally posted by satsu_jin at 2010-6-23 13:39


We're talking here about Europe or the EU to be precise. Shouldn't it be a must for all well educated Europeans to learn at least one, better two or three other European languages? English, Fre ...


well,
it basically is that with overwhelmingly most european students (France may bias the average)
english a matter of course,
german is europe's most spoken language, and also quite scientifical as another user put it somewhere,
what does french have over spanish, taken rest of world into consideration?
Only nonpersonal reason if not for strong focus on france:
pleasing french sensible "pride".
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Post time 2010-6-23 13:51:54 |Display all floors
Originally posted by LCSULLA at 2010-6-23 14:45



  1. what does french have over spanish, taken rest of world into consideration?
  2. Only nonpersonal reason if not for strong focus on france:
  3. pleasing french sensible "pride".  
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Actually nothing. Spanish has a wider coverage than French. Even Portuguese is more important if you take Brazil (an emerging power), Angola and Mozambique into account. My reply was Euro centered and France is an important power in Europe.

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Post time 2010-6-23 14:15:31 |Display all floors

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I dont know where you got the 400 million from but its nowhere near that figure, French isn't even in the top ten as a first language.

Mandarin is the most spoken numerically but thats obviously down to the huge population of China.

English and Spanish are next  with about 330 million each, English being the more widely spread obviously going back to the Empire.

Many of us do think French is a sexy language though and easier to learn than Mandarin.

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