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14 Apr 2009, 00:23
international
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That's what I was thinking... but hey, I learn something new about Canada every day!

Glad you cleared that one up before I had to ask my boyfriend and make a fool out of myself. lol
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14 Apr 2009, 00:51
~*Shannon*~
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He didn't say ALL Canadians speak Russian. He said Russian is one of the many languages in Canada.
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14 Apr 2009, 00:55
immortalized artiste
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Then, logically, it would have made more sense to say "English, French, and many others." Since those are our two first languages, and that's what Red Fraggle initially asked. If he wanted to include that we are a multicultural society, then logically, at least to me, it would make more sense to say that we have many different languages on top of English and French.
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14 Apr 2009, 12:34
~RedFraggle~
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But you could say that about anywhere. We're discussing the COMMON languages spoken in these countries, not every single language anyone there speaks.
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14 Apr 2009, 12:56
Designs by Jess
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Hell if someone in a country speaking one language makes it official, America is screwed. o.O
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16 Apr 2009, 01:33
.Blue Bella.
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You're right about New Zealand. A lot of schools there are still bi-lingual and it also depends on your cultural background. Whilst a good chunk of Maori people do not speak much Maori, there is still a high number that do in their communities.
Even as a little white kid, I was still expected to learn and speak Maori at my school. I was allowed to speak English in my classes (except for Maori class, we were made to converse in Maori), but there were classes that comprised of only Maori children and they spoke only Maori in that room, except when in English lessons.
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14 Apr 2009, 12:21
Jessica [Private]
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Okay I'm going to do this now before I go reading other replies ;D


1. Portugal - Portuguese, is what I'd assume ;D
2. Austria - I believe it's a form of german/hungarian mix. I know that it used to be Austria-Hungary (My family is from hungary, and they speak a bit of german/hungarian mix. So my brain thinks austrians would as well!)
3. Belgium - Belgeese? >_> I've honestly never thought of that before! I have no clue!
4. New Zealand - English ;D With an amazing accent!
5. Luxembourg - Eee. I have no idea on this one either! If I remember correctly, after the Vatican, its the richest country in the world?
6. The Netherlands - DUTCH!
7. Scotland - Scottish? or English. (hides)
8. Wales - ...when I first read this my brain went 'wales isnt a country' It's just a part of the united kingdom, yes? Pretty sure they speak english.
9. Ireland - Gaelic/English.
10. Canada - French and English are the official languages. French is mainly in Quebec, although its in the rest of the country as well.
11. Brazil - Portuguese
12. Mexico - Spanish. (NOT MEXICAN >_< If I read that someone put mexican, I'm yelling.)
13. South Africa - I believe English here as well. Although I'm sure being africa there's another language as well.
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14 Apr 2009, 12:37
~RedFraggle~
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*sigh* Please see my answers further down the thread about Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Where do you guys GET this idea from? Almost every American who has answered has answered no. 7 with "Scottish"! Thanks for humouring me though. ;) I appreciate the honesty. And the opportunity to educate. :)

And the UK is made up of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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14 Apr 2009, 12:49
Jessica [Private]
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Yes I did read that post.
I do believe its because they say things about people speaking Scottish on TV. =/
At least I'm pretty sure that's where I heard it from, as I've never known someone who was from Scotland before.
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14 Apr 2009, 13:26
~RedFraggle~
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Hmmm... how weird. I can't imagine why they'd say on TV that people speak Scottish, when we don't. Lol. Still, I guess it wouldn't be the first time that incorrect information is given on TV, and if it's SUCH a common misconception, it's hardly surprising the media are reinforcing it (although journalists really should know better).

I shall make it my mission to educate as many Americans as possible then. ;)
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14 Apr 2009, 21:52
Jessica [Private]
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By TV I don't mean like, the news. I mean TV shows/movies, and stuff like that.

And I totally know you guys speak English, since you clearly do ;D I was trying to guess the main languages of the countries.
Obviously I was way off! ;D
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15 Apr 2009, 16:47
~RedFraggle~
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Hmmm... I wonder why I haven't seen these movies/TV shows. It's perhaps a good thing... if I saw a movie that suggested the Scottish walk about speaking gaelic, it would most likely prompt a long rant, rather similar to the ones I regularly write about the medical inaccuracies in Grey's Anatomy!

In fact, even the worst, most stupidly cliched Scottish set movies I have ever seen, that awful Made of Honour, didn't show any Scots speaking gaelic. The irony being of course that Made of Honour was set in one of the very few Scottish communities that actually DO still speak gaelic fluently, the Isle of Skye. ;D

It could be worse though... my dad once met an American who didn't think we had electricity or computers in Scotland!
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15 Apr 2009, 23:12
Jessica [Private]
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Oh no no no. :-o I never though Scotland spoke Gaelic ;D
I meant that they said people in Scotland spoke Scottish.

...No electricity or computers? The very idea ;D
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15 Apr 2009, 23:55
~RedFraggle~
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Lol there's no such language as Scottish. There's only English and Scottish gaelic, and only a very tiny number of Scots speak it.
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14 Apr 2009, 13:28
~RedFraggle~
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And if you HAD known someone Scottish before, you would have known that we speak English, and only English. Lol. So if it's not coming from your education, I guess it may well be the media.
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14 Apr 2009, 16:30
The Ryan
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I remember watching Rab C Nesbitt on the TV when I was a kid... and thinking he was talking a completely different language to me, because his accent was so heavy! But you must forgive me, I was only about 7! lol

Though a lot of Scottish TV shows and films get subtitled for release in America (and even England!) because some Americans (and to a lesser extent, English people!) can't understand the thicker accents very well.

That is probably perpetuating the notion Scottish people speak "Scottish", or something non-English, the fact that Americans hear a Scottish accent and assume it's talking a different language because it is subtitled! :-o
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16 Apr 2009, 01:34
.Blue Bella.
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They might get it from the accent. (SOME) Scottish people can be so hard to understand that it doesn't sound like they're speaking English at all :P
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14 Apr 2009, 13:37
Meghans Follie
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the first one spoken or the offical one spoken?
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14 Apr 2009, 13:48
Meghans Follie
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1. Portugal = Portugeuse
2. Austria = German (particularly the Austro-Bavarian dialect)
3. Belgium = Dutch
4. New Zealand = English
5. Luxembourg = again the bavarian dialect of German
6. The Netherlands = Dutch
7. Scotland = English
8. Wales = English
9. Ireland = English
10. Canada = depends on where in Canada you are. Either French of English
11. Brazil = Portuguese
12. Mexico = Spanish
13. South Africa = there are over a dozen commonly spoken ones in south Africa however the AU has made swahili the offical one used in all of the countries in 2003/2004 time frame.. so trick question
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14 Apr 2009, 14:02
~RedFraggle~
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Most common first language.

And well done. :) I'm so glad someone knows that we speak English in Scotland!
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14 Apr 2009, 16:22
Meghans Follie
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lol no worries. I had someone the other day ask me if I spoke "American"..
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16 Apr 2009, 00:02
Fenway_faithful
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1. Portugal- portuguese
2. Austria-German
3. Belgium-French or Flemish
4. New Zealand-english
5. Luxembourg-french
6. The Netherlands-dutch
7. Scotland-english
8. Wales-english
9. Ireland-english or gaelic
10. Canada french or english
11. Brazil portuguese
12. Mexico spanish
13. South Africa bantu english dutch
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12 Apr 2009, 22:57
Estella
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OH MY - HOW EXCITING! LET'S SEE.

IN PORTUGAL THEY SPEAK PORTUGUESE.
IN AUSTRIA THEY SPEAK AUSTRIAN.
IN BELGIUM THEY SPEAK BELGIAN.
IN NEW ZEALAND THEY SPEAK NEW ZEALISH.
IN LUXEMBOURG THEY SPEAK LUXISH.
IN THE NETHERANDS THEY SPEAK NETHERISH.
IN SCOTLAND THEY SPEAK SCOTTISH.
IN WALES THEY SPEAK WELSH.
IN IRELAND THEY SPEAK FRENCH.
IN CANADA THEY SPEAK CANADIAN.
IN BRAZIL THEY SPEAK BRAZILIAN.
IN MEXICO THEY SPEAK MEXICAN.
IN SOUTH AFRICA THEY TOTALLY SPEAK SOUTH AFRICAN, YO!

FULL POINTS FOR PUCK, YO! ;D
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12 Apr 2009, 22:59
~RedFraggle~
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Lol. Well done. Full marks indeed. ;D
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12 Apr 2009, 23:46
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Haha Netherish. xD
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