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Linus' second quote (somewhat off-topic)
Posted Apr 19, 2009 0:04 UTC (Sun) by pr1268 (subscriber, #24648)
Yeah, I also thought that question wasn't really a bright one.
Go ahead and criticize my comment—I really don't care.
But, (1) I did qualify the original question with the word fluently, (2) it's not unreasonable to assume that Linus spoke Swedish much more than any other language (including Finnish) while growing up and around family (I may be wrong here), and (3) as an American, I can think of several other Americans who can't speak English worth crap. (Of course, that only reflects badly on Americans and not other countries, like Scandinavia, where literacy and multi-lingual fluency rates are amongst the highest in the world.)
I thought it was a decent question, even if it did have a hint of rhetoric.
Posted Apr 19, 2009 0:44 UTC (Sun) by dvdeug (subscriber, #10998)
No matter what language he spoke at home, he would have picked up the dominant language of his society at a fluent level as a child; the only real question was that of demographics.
Posted Apr 19, 2009 2:18 UTC (Sun) by pr1268 (subscriber, #24648)
The question showed a basic failure of linguistics.
I don't see where a failure of linguistics occurred here. My question was about Linus' ability to speak Finnish, a language far removed from the (otherwise) commonality of Norwegian/Swedish/Danish spoken in the rest of Scandinavia (excluding Iceland, of course), and the fact that most formal services (i.e. government and public services) of European countries cater to the language abilities of non-native speakers of the dominant language in other countries (substantially more so than here in the U.S.A.).
But, I'm certain it's a moot point as Linus is fluent in English nowadays.
Posted Apr 19, 2009 2:24 UTC (Sun) by dvdeug (subscriber, #10998)
Posted Apr 23, 2009 8:19 UTC (Thu) by efexis (guest, #26355)
That'll quash those people who want to find out more! Nice one. God forbid the internet become a place of well mannered idea and information exchange. After all, if you don't already know something, why find out?
For the record (and without the sarcasm), both his point and curiosity were perfectly valid, the failure here was yours.
Posted May 4, 2009 20:15 UTC (Mon) by job (guest, #670)
I admit it would be difficult in Helsinki but I would not be surprised if it could happen in Åland. I know people from Jakobsdal who speak no Finnish.
I don't know how well versed the person you replied to is in Finnish culture but there is no reason for the condescending attitude. I would imagine you could grow up in Greenland without learning Danish, for example. There are definitively Vallonian francophones who never learned Flemish.
Those are all north European examples, don't get me started on Africa or China. It should be obvious that this has nothing to do with intellectual prowess. The question was not stupid at all.
Posted Apr 26, 2009 0:19 UTC (Sun) by cras (guest, #7000)
So no one in this thread has read the "Just for fun" book about Linus? I can't remember it clearly
anymore, but I remember he learned Finnish pretty late in his life. His friends were all speaking
I saw him talk about 10 years ago and his Finnish was okay. No idea what it's like today.
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