View Poll Results: A Poll On Languages

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  • I speak only English

    24 39.34%
  • I speak English and one other language, from birth

    3 4.92%
  • I speak English and two other languages, from birth

    3 4.92%
  • I speak English and one other language from studies

    13 21.31%
  • I speak English and two other languages from studies

    10 16.39%
  • I speak English and one language from birth, one language from studies

    4 6.56%
  • I speak English and two other languages from birth, one language from studies

    0 0%
  • I speak English and one other language from birth, and two other languages from studies

    0 0%
  • I speak English and two other languages from birth, two other languages from studies

    1 1.64%
  • I speak in excess of English, two native languages, and two learnt languages

    3 4.92%
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Thread: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    You need to spruce up. Just in case you go to France.
    Or the 50 other nations that speak French. XD

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    Or the 50 other nations that speak French. XD
    50?

    Let's see...
    France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada, Haiti, (10) Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, (20) Rwanda, Burundi, 2 Congos, Gabon, Cameroon, Mauritania, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar (30) Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Lebanon, Vanuatu and I'm just about done. Any I've missed? Former French Indo-chinese countries cannot be included as they really no longer use French in any official way whatever.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    50?

    Let's see...
    France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada, Haiti, (10) Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, (20) Rwanda, Burundi, 2 Congos, Gabon, Cameroon, Mauritania, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar (30) Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Lebanon, Vanuatu and I'm just about done. Any I've missed? Former French Indo-chinese countries cannot be included as they really no longer use French in any official way whatever.

    Sorry, but you awoke Competitive Trivia Geek in me.
    You could just search wikipedia.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    You could just search wikipedia.
    That would be both boring and cheating. How much fun is Trivial Pursuit if you're allowed to use Wiki?

    In any case, Wiki ain't to be trusted. Too often wrong.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    50?

    Let's see...
    France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada, Haiti, (10) Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, (20) Rwanda, Burundi, 2 Congos, Gabon, Cameroon, Mauritania, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar (30) Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Lebanon, Vanuatu and I'm just about done. Any I've missed? Former French Indo-chinese countries cannot be included as they really no longer use French in any official way whatever.

    Sorry, but you awoke Competitive Trivia Geek in me.
    Yeah, France really ****ed Africa up...

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    That would be both boring and cheating. How much fun is Trivial Pursuit if you're allowed to use Wiki?

    In any case, Wiki ain't to be trusted. Too often wrong.
    I totally disagree that Wiki is often wrong. It can be trusted.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Yeah, France really ****ed Africa up...
    With a bit of help from King Leopold and Queen Victoria.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I totally disagree that Wiki is often wrong. It can be trusted.
    Just took a look at La Francophonie on wiki. It says this about Monaco...
    independent country enclaved in France
    Two problems with this:
    1. Enclave is a noun, not and never a verb. A reference source should not make silly errors like that.
    2. An enclave is a territory surrounded by another country. Monaco has a coastline and hence is not surrounded by France and therefore is not an enclave.

    From the OED:
    Enclave -
    a portion of territory surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct

    It's not a totally inappropriate word to use, and we know what it means, but it is not 100% accurate, and that's my problem with using Wiki as an infallible source. I find such inaccuracies, and occasionally blatant mistakes, almost every time I use it.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Just took a look at La Francophonie on wiki. It says this about Monaco...

    Two problems with this:
    1. Enclave is a noun, not and never a verb. A reference source should not make silly errors like that.
    2. An enclave is a territory surrounded by another country. Monaco has a coastline and hence is not surrounded by France and therefore is not an enclave.

    From the OED:
    Enclave -
    a portion of territory surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct

    It's not a totally inappropriate word to use, and we know what it means, but it is not 100% accurate, and that's my problem with using Wiki as an infallible source. I find such inaccuracies, and occasionally blatant mistakes, almost every time I use it.
    I think enclaved is appropriate. With Corsica, France controls territorial waters.


    en·clave   
    [en-kleyv, ahn-] Show IPA
    noun, verb, -claved, -clav·ing.
    –noun
    1.
    a country, or esp., an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country.
    2.
    any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one: a Chinese-speaking enclave in London.
    verb (used with object)
    3.
    to isolate or enclose (esp. territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment; make an enclave of: The desert enclaved the little settlement.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    That would be both boring and cheating. How much fun is Trivial Pursuit if you're allowed to use Wiki?

    In any case, Wiki ain't to be trusted. Too often wrong.
    Rarely wrong, truly.
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