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Re: Spoken Like a Native

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  • votrubam
    ... He spoke of cuddling with the natives and their culture, not with second-language speakers wherever. The particularly ridiculous part and disparity,
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 6, 2012
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      > If you add in people for whom French or Polish is a second
      > language to some degree, the disparity in numbers is probably much
      > greater

      He spoke of "cuddling" with the natives and their culture, not with second-language speakers wherever.

      The particularly ridiculous part and disparity, though, was speaking about being appreciated in minority communities like Romansh and Sioux (meaningful examples; even hardly-ever-taught Basque, Latvian, Finnish, Slovak... might fit) and then bringing in his Polish as if it belonged. As if running into a Polish-speaking person (his encounter in Venice) in Europe were something worth writing about and publishing.

      That is the sticky transatlantic perspective -- he speaks a foreign language or two, both spoken by tens of millions, and feels so special about something so mundane in the world. You don't normally address a stranger in Europe merely because s/he happens to speak your massively spoken language or a massively spoken language you can speak too. Even Slovaks often don't address strangers outside of Slovakia in Europe just because they hear them speak Slovak.


      Martin
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