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Poll: What language is spoken in the country you live in?
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May 24, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What language is spoken in the country you live in?".

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Roomy Naqvy  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 23:17
English to Hindi
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all three languages May 24, 2006

In my country, all the three languages in which I work are spoken... I work in English, Gujarati, Hindi... and all of the are spoken. The poll does not apply to me.

Roomy


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Nicole Y. Adams, M.A.  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 03:47
Member (2006)
German to English
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both source and target May 24, 2006

I translate both from and into English, so I would have needed and answer that says both source and target

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Patricia Posadas  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 18:47
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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I live and work in 2 different countries... May 24, 2006

I live in France and work in Spain, all of this within 3 km distance from home to work... so I think my answer would not be representative...

[Edited at 2006-05-24 08:21]


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Melanie Nassar  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:47
German to English
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Third country May 24, 2006

For 20 years, I have lived in a country with a third language, Arabic, which is neither my source nor my target language. I see that, although we are a distinct minority, I am not the only one in this situation.
Fortunately, my native (target) language is always available, simply because it is English, esp. since the advent of satellite TV and computers, so that I have no problem keeping up with new developments. And my source language is also our default family language, and I have many other opportunities to use it.


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xxxBrandis
Local time: 19:47
English to German
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I am currently in Goa May 24, 2006

for a while. Here we have german ( includes swiss and austrian German ) , italian ( natives from north italy) , french ( mostly from lyon), spanish (european) swedish and norwegian ( how could I forget my latest friends here ) colonies and all speak but none are translators there are a lot of british and portugese but do not live in colonies, but the natives speak Konkani. Does this apply to me!!? Best Brandis

[Edited at 2006-05-24 09:17]

[Edited at 2006-05-24 16:08]


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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:47
Flemish to English
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Multilingual highway May 24, 2006

For business reasons, I am partly in the UK, where Queen's English is the standard language. I don't know whether Welsh has official status?
I am also in Belgium where Dutch, French and German are official languages. A variety of Flemish and Walloon dialects, Turkish and Moroccan Arabic are the unofficial languages. English is widely used.
As in every city with international institutions on its territory, in Brussels, you may find yourself on a "multilingual highway".

[Edited at 2006-05-24 10:29]


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Cetacea  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 19:47
English to German
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Both, and then some May 24, 2006

Well, it's actually more like three, since English is rapidly becoming Switzerland's fifth official language...

The country's four languages are German, French, Italian, and Romansh. I work in German and English and from French into those, so what do I answer?


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Ania Grajek  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 20:47
German to Polish
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Source languages May 24, 2006

I live in two countries, where my source languages are spoken (Germany and Slovenia). Who knows, though, maybe soon I am going to move to a completely different country and I can't speak the language yet.

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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 19:47
German to English
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Whoops... May 24, 2006

I accidently checked the wrong box - I should've clicked "My source language" - German.


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writeaway  Identity Verified

Local time: 19:47
Partial member (2003)
French to English
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2 out of 3 source languages May 24, 2006

I am lucky enough to live in 2 source languages and be in close contact with the third. As I can't see how my French, Dutch or German could possibly be an improvement on that of native speakers, I only translate into my target (i.e. native) language, English. I am completely fluent in my 3 source languages (trilingual?) but I only have one native language, since afaik, it's impossible to change one's place of birth.


[Edited at 2006-05-24 12:43]


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Heidi C  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:47
English to Spanish
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Need more options on poll! May 24, 2006

I also translate to and from English and Spanish.

And I live in Puerto Rico, where both languages are spoken.

Could not answer the poll!

Heidi


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Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 19:47
English to French
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Target AND third language May 24, 2006

I live in Alsace, so technically I live in a country where my target language is the official one, but practically I hear Alsatian as often as I hear French...

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 20:47
Turkish to English
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Agree that more options are needed May 24, 2006

In Cyprus (especially if you consider the whole island to be one nation) Greek, Turkish and English all have official status. I translate from Turkish into English and don't know much Greek, so all three options apply to me!

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Reed James
Chile
Local time: 13:47
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
Source language May 24, 2006

I live in Chile, and the vast majority of its inhabitants speak Spanish.

Reed


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