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Old 11th-October-2008   #51
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My sentiments exactly. Unfortunately the French have managed to build a common pictures of themselves being snobbish and better than than the rest of the world. When a tourist doesn't speak French or doesn't do it in a perfect manner, they look down at you and treat you almost like dirt and practically ignore you. That's one of the reasons one trip to France / Paris was enough for me. There are some great beautiful places but the French ruin the rest.
yeah, I went only 5 hours in Paris, and well I will NEVER put my feet back there again!

but from what I heard, it's only in Paris that the french are ignoring people who doesn't speak french like they do or not perfectly. my friend Mikko, who was living in Montreal for the past year is now in Bordeaux, and he has new french friends from there, and he enjoys it. he can speak french okay, not perfectly but he is quite good, for a foreigner, in my opinion!
I think you should just ignore paris and go elsewhere in France There people are a bit more open
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...and English is like the link language between Germanic languages and Latin languages. Many formal words in English vocabulary are Latinate and the less formal equivalents are Germanic. Grammar is Germanic but closest to Nordic languages rather than German itself.
Also, there is no such thing as "English" in real terms as the language is "simply" a mix of Germanic via Anglo-Saxon, Latin (three times, via the Romans, the Church and again via Norman, which also brought Germanic again - Normans were related to Nordic people) plus original British, which was related to Gaelic. Then all the loan words from oter languages too. People who claim to be true English are talking out of their arses because real Britons were basically annihilated 2000 years ago and the Angles (where the word English comes from) were a Germanic tribe of settlers who alongside the Saxons (also Germanic) struggled against other settlers like Danes, Norsemen, Romans and Normans and didn't really do that well in all - certainly no better than anyone else. There was so much interbreeding anyway that these distinctions fade into insignificance. An "English" person is no more Anglo-Saxon than they are Danish, French, Celtic or Italian or anything else for that matter - and they're almost certainly not "British" Makes a mockery of immigration talk, eh? If they all went home, there'd be no-one left
Its funny you say that Mike, as I know for a fact that there is an organ donation cooperation scheme between the UK and Ireland due to the fact that we are genetically / racially closer to each other than to any other European nations. In fact during the Roman times, Celtic tribes in Ireland raided the coasts of Scotland, England and Wales carrying off plunder and slaves of whom the most famous is..... Saint Patrick . Our patron saint is an Englishman / welshman

Also Irish tribes settled in South Eastern Scotland, and later they reinvaded Ireland under Cromwellian rule, today they call themselves Ulster Scots. It is actually more likely that they are Irish.

Its funny how history can show us that this idea of race and nationality is just a method used to divide us.....

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Old 12th-October-2008   #53
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I dont know Blazco_ but I've heard many times people call persians Indogerman Because of our Aryan race ,but never about the language!

Reea I asked my arabic teacher & you are right Ma'asalam means goodbye
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wellll.......i speak greek and english fluently...my spanish is getting worse lol i've been studying finnish for 2 years........and i can understand french.....thats all....hihi
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Russian, well I know couple of words and phrases, but nothing more. I can't read it.
Russian is easy to read - there is a sound for (almost) each letter, like in Finnish. The Russian alphabet contains more letters, though some of them are the same (a, o, e, k, ...). Other letters are different: a few look the same as in the Latin alphabet, but mean different sounds (y is u, b is v, p is r, etc), and a few are not found in the Latin alphabet. Many letters are the same as in Greek, from where the alphabet was adopted.

Russian grammar is a bit tricky, but some things are easier - for example, the absence of articles and the system of tenses.

Well, Russian is my native language.

I have a good command of English, Swedish and French.

I have also studied Finnish, Spanish, German and Norwegian (now they are between the beginning and the intermediate levels).

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