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  Reply # 639152 11-Jun-2012 17:39 Send private message

BlueShift: NZ tends to be a very monocultural society. Even though we have 3 official languages... (edit)...


Having lived in other (foreign language) cultures I'm convinced one of the good things we should do in the education system is introduce Maori language learning in schools because it will ultimately help us on the  international stage. 

Having learn't French & Japanese for 4 school years I simply lost any skill I had because neither of these were available to me on a daily basis once I joined the work force. It's widely acknowledged that if you're bi-lingual you'll better pick up other languages, so why don't we learn Te-Reo.... as it's one language we can all hear and access on a daily basis. It'll keep our minds sharper and we'd pick up other languages easier when we travel (which Kiwis do rather a lot).

If you go and sit in a Mall, or shopping centre, in most any part of the country you'll hear a number of non english languages. We're accepting of it, it's part of who we think we are... when was the last time you heard Te-Reo Maori in a public place?????


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  Reply # 639158 11-Jun-2012 17:50 Send private message

Well, my wife often tells me that I talk a lot of 'crap', but somehow I don't think that counts in this case :(

I don't think I am the only one bi-lingual in 'English' and 'Crap'!

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  Reply # 639169 11-Jun-2012 18:06 Send private message

English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu




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  Reply # 639179 11-Jun-2012 18:14 Send private message

Behodar: 日本語を勉強しています (I am learning Japanese) but I'm far from fluent at this stage.


私も!

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  Reply # 639270 11-Jun-2012 20:25 Send private message

BraaiGuy: English, Afrikaans


your username gives that one away LOL

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  Reply # 639293 11-Jun-2012 21:00 Send private message

i'm going over to moesgard and wolin (denmark and poland) next year, and will be spending two weeks with people from, iceland, germany, russia etc so i best be learning at least the basic insults

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  Reply # 639314 11-Jun-2012 21:21 Send private message

I'm a native English speaker, but also speak fluent shorthand after a night on the turps!




Chuck Norris has abolished the periodic table of elements. The only element he recognises is the element of surprise!



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  Reply # 639437 12-Jun-2012 08:56 Send private message

Dratsab: I'm a native English speaker, but also speak fluent shorthand after a night on the turps!


I have been practising my authentic frontier gibberish.

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  Reply # 640222 13-Jun-2012 14:26 Send private message

I delude myself that I could still speak enough 5th Form French to get by.  Reality is that I would probably sound like a gibbering idiot with some terrible "Franglais".

One of my great grandparents was French (who married a Scot, and moved to North Canterbury), mum always regretted that she didn't take advantage of that when she was alive to become fluent.





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  Reply # 640237 13-Jun-2012 15:00 Send private message

sleemanj: I delude myself that I could still speak enough 5th Form French to get by.  Reality is that I would probably sound like a gibbering idiot with some terrible "Franglais".

One of my great grandparents was French (who married a Scot, and moved to North Canterbury), mum always regretted that she didn't take advantage of that when she was alive to become fluent.


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  Reply # 640290 13-Jun-2012 16:38 Send private message

English, very rusty Japanese (I spoke it fluently when I lived there but that was over five years ago) and Corp.

You never hear of that last one? Well, as I have explained in the past:

Our [plural pronouns are important] forward thinking dynamics allow us to cover off a number of strategic resource areas. This means we can reflexively respond to unforeseen circumstances while setting the agenda by continually innovating and disrupting the status quo in across areas of relevance. 
 




Didn't anybody tell you I was a hacker?

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  Reply # 640296 13-Jun-2012 16:53 Send private message

crackrdbycracku: 

Our [plural pronouns are important] forward thinking dynamics allow us to cover off a number of strategic resource areas. This means we can reflexively respond to unforeseen circumstances while setting the agenda by continually innovating and disrupting the status quo in across areas of relevance. 
 


Where can I buy your Turbo Encabulator?





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