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Poll: Do you speak a minority language from your country of residence?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you speak a minority language from your country of residence?".

This poll was originally submitted by Cristina Heraud-van Tol. View the poll results »



 

David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 23:38
German to English
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Depends May 17, 2015

on whether English can be regarded as a minority language in Austria, but basically no.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:38
Member (2006)
German to English
That was good May 17, 2015

David Wright wrote:

on whether English can be regarded as a minority language in Austria, but basically no.


Does this also include dialects?

[Edited at 2015-05-18 09:20 GMT]


 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:38
Russian to English
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Not as my dominant or primary language. May 17, 2015

I speak Spanish as well, but just at a fluent level, and I do not know if Spanish can be considered a minority language in the US. Of course i speak other languages as well—for work mostly. English is still a de facto official language in the US, no matter why anyone says—this is a fact. Of course, I speak other languages for work purposes (like Polish a few times a month) and Russian. Russian to some extent at home, in addition to English.

I speak a little bit of Lacota—very little and this is unfortunately an endangered language, which might be considered a minority language these days, although I really do not like the word "minority'.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No May 17, 2015

Portuguese is currently the fifth most spoken language in the world and an official language of countries as varied as Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tome and Principe and East Timor. It is also used in Macau, territory under Portuguese administration until December 1999, and in Goa, Daman and Diu (India). It is also an important minority language in Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, Luxembourg, Namibia, Switzerland and South Africa and the base of around twenty Creole languages, as well as spoken in numerous existing migrant communities…

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2009)
English to German
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Not from my country May 17, 2015

Unless you count dialects (and other minority languages).icon_biggrin.gif

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:38
Spanish to English
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Perhaps minority wasn't the best word to choose... May 17, 2015

But I have taken this to mean that you asking if I speak any of the other than main languages of the country where I live. Not whether the languages I speak are internationally considered to be minority languages.

Wish I did speak something less mainstream, but I happened to settle in an area of Spain where Castillian Spanish is the only language to be heard really. Should have gone to Euskadi, since I always had a hankering to learn Euskera!

Edited for typo



[Edited at 2015-05-17 16:42 GMT]


 

Joshua Lee  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:38
French to English
Kind of... May 17, 2015

Trying my best to help stave off language extinction, I did my part by learning Scottish Gaelic! Must admit I'm not fluent quite yet, but I can have a conversation so given that gaelic needs all the help it can get, I'm saying yes!icon_wink.gif

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Well... May 17, 2015

After having seen Noni’s answer, I wonder if I have interpreted the question incorrectly… This being said, Belgium, where I have been living for the last 30 years, has 3 official languages: Dutch, French, and German. Though German is the least prevalent official language in Belgium, spoken natively by less than 1% of the population, I’m sure many people would be extremely offended, considering the Belgian linguistic situation (rather conflict-ridden), if I would dare call it a minority language! Anyway, to my regret, of the three official languages I speak French fluently, and know just a few words in Dutch and German…

 

Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 16:38
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Hi! May 17, 2015

I don't even remember when I proposed this poll (years ago!), and I believe the wording has been changed. In Peru for example we have three official languages: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Spanish is spoken by 84% of the population, Quechua by 13% and Aymara by 1.7%; the rest include languages spoken by Amazon indians. So in this case, if you would speak Aymara, that would be a minority language.

 

Theo Bernards  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 23:38
English to Dutch
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Well, I sign off on all my emails as a Dutchman in France... May 17, 2015

... and there are parts in France where German - which I master reasonably well - is considered one of the going languages (at least, I think that is the case in Alsace), and going further back in history there was a French-Dutch language barrier that entered France to include Dunkirk (Dunkerque), although I do not know if Dutch or Flemish is spoken there at all these days.

[Edited at 2015-05-17 14:01 GMT]


 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:38
Italian to English
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Sort of May 17, 2015

Since French and German are minority languages here in Italy, I can claim to speak one well and get by in the other.

Instead I wish I spoke a minority langage from my country of origin: if I had stayed in Scotland I would definitely have done something about learning Gaelic!


 

Natalia Pedrosa  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:38
Member (2012)
English to Spanish
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I speak Catalan May 17, 2015

which by some could be considered a minority language although it is spoken by some 11 million people around the world.

Nice Sunday to all!

Natalia


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:38
Spanish to English
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No May 17, 2015

I was tempted to say "Yes, Glaswegian"...icon_smile.gif

 

Diana Obermeyer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:38
Member (2013)
German to English
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I was wondering if that counts May 17, 2015

neilmac wrote:
I was tempted to say "Yes, Glaswegian"...icon_smile.gif


 
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