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Thread poster: chica nueva

chica nueva
Local time: 15:07
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May 31, 2008

How many "English-natives" and other 'foreigners' participate in the Non-English forums? Generally speaking, I'm the only non-Chinese in our Chinese forum. And few non-Chinese participate in the Kudoz.

What happens in the other communities? What about the other 'big power' languages Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish? (Goodness, why isn't Hindi in that UN list.)

Also, do you have national minorities in your forum? We do in ours; well, we have a voice from the Qinghai/Tibet Plateau.

And we have peers from the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and Singapore, and from the overseas diaspora in South East Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific.

[Edited at 2008-05-31 12:33]


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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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I do Jan 28, 2009

I am a native English speaker and I sometimes go to the Spanish forum. I've only posted in it once, but I read the posts more often.

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chica nueva
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world 'big power' languages May 8, 2009

lai an wrote:
What happens in the other communities? What about the other 'big power' languages Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish? (Goodness, why isn't Hindi in that UN list.)


Thanks Sara. Nice to know I'm not alone!

The Top 10 (excluding English), by number of speakers: Arabic, Bengali, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. ...

[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_speaker_data#Most_spoken_languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_by_speakers#100_million_native_speakers_or_morehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_total_number_of_speakers ]

[How long before Indonesian/Malay, Turkish and Persian join the group?]

[Edited at 2009-05-08 05:55 GMT]


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