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Poll: On what continent do you reside?
Thread poster: ProZ.com Staff
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Nov 28, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "On what continent do you reside?".

This poll was originally submitted by Cecilia Falk

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A forum topic will appear each time a new poll is run. For more information, see: http://proz.com/topic/33629


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Reed James
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Depends where you are from Nov 28, 2006

I live in South America. However, South Americans view both North and South America as a single continent. In fact, children in Chilean schools learn that there are only five continents in geography class. I find it amazing that geography can be that subjective!

Reed


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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
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By the way... Nov 28, 2006

It would be great if anyone ticking the 'N/A' option could elaborate a bit on their answer. I am very curious to read from all those who don't reside on a continent.


Thomas


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xxxmediamatrix
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Five continents, seven seas Nov 28, 2006

Reed D. James wrote:

... children in Chilean schools learn that there are only five continents ...

Reed


Idem for British schools - at least that's what I learnt at primary school in England 45 years ago.

And Australia is not one of those 5 continents. They used to talk about the continent of 'Australasia' - but now the term seems to be 'Oceania'.

Five continents, Seven seas!

MediaMatrix


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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
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Number of continents Nov 28, 2006

Reed D. James wrote:

I find it amazing that geography can be that subjective!



Indeed - there are actually quite a few different models according to which the number of continents can be anything from four to seven.

According to the Wikipedia article on continents (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent) the geographic community generally prefers the 6-continent model (Antarctica, North America, South America, Eurasia, Africa and Australia).

[Edited at 2006-11-28 15:44]


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Hellen Varela-Fdez.  Identity Verified
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I did pick N/A Nov 28, 2006

According to the options I don't reside in any continent... I live in Central America (not in South America, not in North America)... but there is no option to choose... so... N/A

Now... the pool could just post the option "America"... that's the name of the entire continent! That would be my option in the first place, if we are talking about continents!

Hellen


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Pundora  Identity Verified
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Poll should be revised every six months!! Nov 28, 2006

Interesting question. So far, out of 180 votes 73.3% reside in Europe(9.25 p.m. India time).

This poll needs to be reposted every six months or so. Because, internet and computers are spreading so fast in many countries, like ours. And, so is proz.com.

Regards,

Pundora


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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Australasia vs Oceania Nov 28, 2006

One is a subset of the other.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australasia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania

Csaba


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Mike Hunter
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interesting topic Nov 28, 2006

I'm interested to see the results, but whether the poll is representative of who uses Proz I'm not sure, and what about time zones? It will need to be on the site a few days to remove any time zone bias.

I'm also interested in the N/A category, what about remote Pacific islands any translators there?

Regards

Mike


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I was surprised Nov 28, 2006

... to see that the majority (so far) seem to live in Europe, because I have always felt that the Spanish/English area of proz appears to be dominated by speakers of N. American English and American Spanish variants, evidenced by the spelling/vocabulary preferences.

I'm glad to find out that I may have been mistaken.


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Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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Antarctica Nov 28, 2006

Thomas Pfann wrote:

It would be great if anyone ticking the 'N/A' option could elaborate a bit on their answer. I am very curious to read from all those who don't reside on a continent.


Thomas


Apart from the explanation we already have from a colleague who lives in Central America, maybe someone lives in Antarctica, and there wasn't that option either...


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Claudia Aguero  Identity Verified
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I should have chosen N/A Nov 28, 2006

Hellen Varela-Fdez. wrote:

According to the options I don't reside in any continent... I live in Central America (not in South America, not in North America)... but there is no option to choose... so... N/A

Now... the pool could just post the option "America"... that's the name of the entire continent! That would be my option in the first place, if we are talking about continents!

Hellen


I chose South America based on US geography, but America is only one.

I'm also proud of being from Central America, exactly, COsta Rica.


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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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timezones Nov 28, 2006

neilmac wrote:

... to see that the majority (so far) seem to live in Europe, because I have always felt that the Spanish/English area of proz appears to be dominated by speakers of N. American English and American Spanish variants, evidenced by the spelling/vocabulary preferences.

I'm glad to find out that I may have been mistaken.


Why is it such a bad thing to have a majority of N. American English/Spanish speakers? In any case, most of them are only just starting their work day, so I would expect this poll's results to change quite a bit over the next 8 hours or so.


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Silvina Matheu  Identity Verified
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Only one America Nov 28, 2006

Hellen Varela-Fdez. wrote:

According to the options I don't reside in any continent... I live in Central America (not in South America, not in North America)... but there is no option to choose... so... N/A

Now... the pool could just post the option "America"... that's the name of the entire continent! That would be my option in the first place, if we are talking about continents!

Hellen


Hellen and Claudia are right. A part of America is missing. Where is the division line? We have all learned that it is only one continent.


[Edited at 2006-11-28 19:09]


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Daniel Hartmeier  Identity Verified
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Las Americas Nov 28, 2006

Claudia Aguero wrote:

Hellen Varela-Fdez. wrote:

According to the options I don't reside in any continent... I live in Central America (not in South America, not in North America)... but there is no option to choose... so... N/A

Now... the pool could just post the option "America"... that's the name of the entire continent! That would be my option in the first place, if we are talking about continents!

Hellen


I chose South America based on US geography, but America is only one.

I'm also proud of being from Central America, exactly, COsta Rica.


Hi,
Speaking with a United States Citicen some days ago about this, he was convinced that Mexico is Central America. I have learned that Mexico is North America and America is a "double continent" with two "half continents". As far as I remember, Central America was accounted to North America, incl. Panama. Maybe some people mix up the terms Latin America and South America.
One world and many different views.

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neilmac wrote:

... to see that the majority (so far) seem to live in Europe, because I have always felt that the Spanish/English area of ProZ.com appears to be dominated by speakers of N. American English and American Spanish variants, evidenced by the spelling/vocabulary preferences.

I'm glad to find out that I may have been mistaken. [/quote]


Concerning the mayority of English>Spanish translators in Latin America, this is certainly true. However, Europe has a much higher "density" of different languages on a small place and certainly as an important market much more demand for translators. In Latin America, with two main language pairs you cover nearly an entire continent (half continent plus part of the other half) where as in Europe you need much more language pairs to reach the same amount of people.
Just some thoughts and now back to work
Cheers
Daniel


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