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Re: [hackers-il] English Speakers in Israel According to the Wikipedia

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  • Nadav Har'El
    ... The heading paragraph clearly says that this number should include both native speakers and second language speakers of English. . So the figure 100,000
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 21 11:37 PM
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      On Mon, Sep 15, 2008, Shlomi Fish wrote about "[hackers-il] English Speakers in Israel According to the Wikipedia":
      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population
      > Israel has a total of 100,000 English speakers. That makes little sense to me
      > as:
      >..
      > Looking at the chart it seems this number is equal to the number of *native*
      > English speakers and there is no number for speakers as an additional
      > language. So this is misleading.

      The heading paragraph clearly says that this number should "include both
      native speakers and second language speakers of English.". So the figure
      "100,000" for Israel is simply wrong, and needs to be fixed: Israel needs
      to have its "As an additional language" figure filled in, and then this figure
      needs to be added to the "Total English Speakers" figure.

      So, be bold, look for a source, and update this page!

      Of course, there's always the question of what does being a "speaker of
      English" (even as second language) mean. There's a huge variance in the
      Israeli public, from people with almost native English, to people who can
      even translate "aftershave" to English ;-) Even if all of them studied 8
      years of English at school.

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