|Re: HP15c (may I?)|
Message #10 Posted by marc on 10 Apr 2002, 11:10 p.m.,
in response to message #7 by Ellis Easley
Politcs and economy make the international language. If I'm not mistaken, Portuguese has more speakers than French, but what language is more 'international'? What countries are more important: France, Canada, etc. or Portugal, Brazil, etc.? Maybe Brazil (my country) is important as a bad example... :) (but perhaps Brazil is better than The Simpsons creators think...)
I too, would like to pratice my English since now it's an important language. But it's unfair. While native speakers hear, speak and learn by everyday usage, we need to take bad English courses and travel abroad. And when we arrive there, nobody understands because we have a tendency to pronounce bit, beach and bitch the same way (or it, eat, each, itch and itchy).
Every language is learnable when you're young and everyone around speaks it. This reminds me of a joke (I'll try to explain the idea, I don't remember clearly): A person travels to USA and returns astonished: "In the USA, everybody is very intelligent. They all speak English, even children!".
It's less unfair when two non-native speakers use English to communicate: both have it as a second language. That's why I (once in a while) support Esperanto. It's easier (Really! You should try it!) and all have it as a second (third, fourth, ...) language. Furthermore, it's not tied to any culture or religion.
Answer in English, Portuguese, Esperanto or Spanish. No, I don't know French. Answer in English if you want the other readers to understand too... :(