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A Tokyo trip report

A Tokyo trip report

Posted Jul 19, 2007 9:35 UTC (Thu) by NAR (subscriber, #1313)
In reply to: A Tokyo trip report by evgeny
Parent article: A Tokyo trip report

mankind will largely speak a single language in 100-200 years or so from now

I don't think, but still, it's really useful to learn English, not only to participate in free software projects, but it's quite good if one travels to foreign countries (people living from tourism tend to speak English even in Japan or France) or to read the newest Harry Potter book when it's published, not when it's translated. There's a Hungarian proverb: "you're as many people as many language you speak", which is very true.

Bye,NAR


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A Tokyo trip report

Posted Jul 19, 2007 10:44 UTC (Thu) by micka (subscriber, #38720) [Link]

> people living from tourism tend to speak English even in Japan or France

Well, don't be so sure ;) At least in France, it's really far from the truth...

A Tokyo trip report

Posted Jul 26, 2007 5:50 UTC (Thu) by renox (subscriber, #23785) [Link]

> France) or to read the newest Harry Potter book when it's published, not when it's translated.

The correlation between tourism and speaking English is not that good: France,Italy and Spain are the first countries for the tourism in Europe but nothern country are much better for the language skills (I'm French).

As for Harry Potter books, they are not very good to learn English: too hard as many words are related to mythical creature, etc, and Lois Mac Master Bujold or Asimov books are much better :-)


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