Re: [hackers-il] English Speakers in Israel According to the Wikipedia
- 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_populationThe heading paragraph clearly says that this number should "include both
> Israel has a total of 100,000 English speakers. That makes little sense to me
> 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.
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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