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  • Helga Listen
    Well, being neiter Czech nor American, but having spent quite some time in both countries I would say that the average Czech has a little more of this
    Message 1 of 44 , Mar 3, 2007
      Well, being neiter Czech nor American, but having spent quite some time in
      both countries I would say that the average Czech has a little more of this
      "Allgemeinbildung" than the average American does. Probably this is so
      because (at least to my knowledge) the US educational system simply focuses
      very much on knowledge about the own country, whilst european countries are
      not as big and so the can also focus on the rest of the world. And, let�s
      face it, the (average) american attitude is still "we are the leaders of
      this world". So why should they bother to know about those others.

      And, as far as I know, (educated) Amercians are quite aware of the fact that
      their public school system is not one of the most efficient. Why would there
      be so many privat ones, if the public ones were good?



      From: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Czechlist@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of Liz Spacilova

      Wasn't there a laugh track in the background of that clip? (Nope, on
      second look I see there wasn't, I guess that was just me laughing).
      Anyway, given the location of the site I suppose the average viewer
      would not know that the clip probably came from "The Daily Show" or
      something similar on the Comedy Channel, but then again I think it
      was clear it was a spoof. Czechs should be able to recognise in the
      clip their own show "Nikdo neni dokonaly", where interviewers go out
      and ask the average guy/gal on the street where dodo birds live and
      several reply, "Africa."

      > Thus, in the sborovna, I would
      > witness Czech high school teachers congratulating themselves on
      > superior their kids were to the Americans, yet I could -- and did -
      > go right into the classroom and get equally bizarre, ignorant
      > responses from their kids, who couldn't even locate the nearest
      > German cities.

      So next time you get some crap you can reply that Nikdo neni
      dokonaly perfectly demonstrates the intellectual level of the Czech

      > Personally, I don't think there's anything so wrong
      with "nadvlada
      > Americanu", but I won't get into that.

      Me neither. I'm just glad I don't sound like a Russian anymore when
      I speak Czech, because that really sucked. (Lesson: Do not learn
      Czech from a Russian.)

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    • melvyn.geo
      Trolling this list again, Radek?? Be off with you. Melvyn
      Message 44 of 44 , Mar 8, 2007
        Trolling this list again, Radek?? Be off with you.


        --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "radekpletka" <RPletka@...> wrote:
        > Melvyn, good answer.
        > Kostas, you hugged too many trees lately. Reagan was a good guy, and
        > Jamie is even better, has a good feel for the truth, which you
        > sometimes miss because of that terrible Czech and other leftist media.
        > Go Jamie, tell them the truth (smile)
        > Advice for frustrated Czechs. Are you frustrated - go and slap a
        > communist, there are still plenty of them around, and each of them
        > deserve at least one good slap daily.
        > (smile)
        > Radek
        > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "melvyn.geo" <zehrovak@> wrote:
        > >
        > > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "kzgafas" <kzgafas@> wrote:
        > > >Do you think, Melvyn, this kind of Jamie's political preachings, when
        > > he tries to persuade others of his political views, is appropriate
        > > for a discussion group on translation and related issues?
        > >
        > > Kostas, normally I'd recommend the Czechlist Users' Guide procedure
        > > for this kind of query:
        > >
        > > http://www.geocities.com/melvyn.geo/newfaq.html#objection
        > >
        > > One reason I find this question puzzling is that you yourself have
        > > often spoken in favour of discussing broader issues on this list. See,
        > > for example:
        > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Czechlist/message/14
        > >
        > > > > I think it was an excellent (or, even more - essential) idea to
        > > set-up this mailing list. I believe that it will naturally develop
        > > into something very exciting and interesting, going far beyond
        > > "language only" list.
        > >
        > > ...and of course you have got into political and current affairs
        > > debates often enough on this list.
        > >
        > > So what's going on there, Kostas?
        > >
        > > I've always believed that some chat on broader issues and "realie"
        > > here oils the wheels of cogitation and takes us naturally from one
        > > relevant/interesting/useful topic to the next. We have traditionally
        > > discussed anything that is of concern to translators (see list
        > > description on list homepage) -- one of the things that makes
        > > Czechlist so cool IMNSHO.
        > >
        > > Personally, I think people's rants can sometimes provide valuable
        > > insights into mindsets which we might otherwise find difficult to
        > > understand. Seriously. Maybe you could try that approach. Or just
        > > delete them, like most people probably do (!if there is an appropriate
        > > header intro!). If you do find anything offensive then sure, go ahead
        > > and specify, preferably following the Users' Guide procedure.
        > >
        > > Political control of the group? This sounds bizarre to me -- like
        > > saying the guy who rants the longest and loudest at Speakers' Corner
        > > "politically controls" Hyde Park, when he's the guy that people all
        > > quickly walk past.
        > >
        > >
        > > BR
        > >
        > > M.
        > > Czechlist Users' Guide:
        > > http://www.geocities.com/melvyn.geo/newfaq.html
        > >
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