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    Quote Originally Posted by macduff View Post
    and how many of those other presidents are lecturing about how "embarrassing" it is that most americans don't speak another language while not bothering to do the thing they are so embarrassed that most others can't do?
    wtaf?
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    I used to get calls from the deep south, during a great deal of which I was embarrassed to repeatedly state ".... pardon?"

    My favorite are Massholes and NYC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    America's language is English. Anyone or immigrants who can't speak fluent English should fuck off back to their own country.
    The United States has no official language, which is why we've improved on yours so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    So you don't even have to individually scan the item?


    I just got a bill in the mail from the Massachusetts Turnpike. I do remember seeing a sign that said: Don't have an EZ pass? Don't worry we'll bill you. And they did! I honestly don't remember seeing a toll booth either!
    No the cart goes through all at once and reads the tags. Its pretty innovative but so far has glitches. Lots of human error too. Last time I was in McDonalds the people in front of me were there for at least 10 minutes. It was absurd. Nope We have no toll booths, its all camera operated. It can be hard for out of staters or foreigners who dont understand how it works. They get a bill and then dont pay it. After awhile they will come for you. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    No the cart goes through all at once and reads the tags. Its pretty innovative but so far has glitches. Lots of human error too. Last time I was in McDonalds the people in front of me were there for at least 10 minutes. It was absurd. Nope We have no toll booths, its all camera operated. It can be hard for out of staters or foreigners who dont understand how it works. They get a bill and then dont pay it. After awhile they will come for you. lol
    "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I know many people in other countries can recognize the American Southern accent but I wonder if they recognize any others?
    NYC and Boston are pretty well known...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    America's language is English. Anyone or immigrants who can't speak fluent English should fuck off back to their own country.
    Don't tell other people how to run their country, mate. Unless you want them to tell YOU to fuck off
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Sure. In Russia, English is the most common foreign language taught in schools

    I had it too.

    Only problem is, most English taught there is based on the BRITISH dialect. When I came to Canada with what I learned back there, I didn't speak like anyone here. Said "rubbish" instead of "garbage", etc haha
    There are many accents of English spoken on the British Isles, and many differ to the extent that they may be considered dialects (in particular many speech patterns of places in Scotland - areas of Glasgow for example - as well as the border regions). The only internationally recognised form of English appears to be Received Pronunciation (the English of the southern academic centres,) so there really isn't a single British dialect. And might I gently remind you that Canadian English, Australian English, and in particular, American English are dialects to a much greater degree than the varying English usage on the British Isles.

    The fact that you learnt English, instead of the North American dialect, will only prove to be an advantage over time. Anyone who watches enough US based TV can pick up the US linguistic traits (if not the accents) over time, but not everyone in North America is familiar with the form of the original language. And it is useful to remember that dialect is considered 'peculiar' outside the American continent, and of course any European nation will teach the original English, rather than a clearly dialectical form.

    For myself, I endured what is loosely termed a 'classical education' in the oldest surviving Public School in the British Isles. Which meant I had to do both Latin and Ancient Greek, as well as at least one modern European language (I started on French, but swapped to German during the first term). Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch, but I am told that my pronunciation is quite acceptable. My French is execrable, and only used in the direst emergencies - my Italian is little better, but I was able to read most of a Spanish newspaper article with the help of my vestigial Latin. But where Latin and Ancient Greek really help is working out the etymology, and thereby the meaning, of the many English terms with which I am unfamiliar.

    I also find that knowing the most basic greetings and questions in the language of foreign climes is enormously advantageous. One's efforts are immediately recognised and appreciated, and I remember a small group of people (who spoke no English,) going to extensive lengths to assist me in a simple purchase in Firenze. Lol, I was desperately trying to recall my studies of Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico - but "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres" is of little assistance with modern Italian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by publius3 View Post
    Very true, google translate is actually very, very good now. I speak English and Spanish natively and German. Honestly, if I had to repeat German, I wouldn't do it. I would spend the time learning something else and not the least of which is fact I have met maybe a handful of Germans who can't speak English. Americans are lucky that the lingua franca of international business is English. Learning language #2 just isn't an imperative in most circumstances.
    Unless you want to sell to people.

    We're lucky. To speak to 90%+ of the people in the Western Hemisphere, you'd need just four language: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The EU (last time I looked) at 17 languages just in Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    The United States has no official language, which is why we've improved on yours so much.
    Hmmm....arguable. :P
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