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Old 03-17-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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One advantage of English is that it uses such a simple alphabet (no language-specific special characters etc.). I have several different keyboard layouts on my computer (and in my mind except for one which is actually printed on my physical keyboard), so I can switch between them depending on which language I have to write in. Sometimes it sucks
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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As an Irish, I do not like my country having English than Irish as the most used language in my country. I like Malta and Cyprus with English being the second language instead.

I would also prefer that irish was the most widely used language in my country , unlikely to happen anytime soon however
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Oh please.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:01 AM
 
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I would also prefer that irish was the most widely used language in my country , unlikely to happen anytime soon however
The survival of a Celtic language in Europe is a miracle, most of Spain had a Celtic language and now there are only a few words left, same with France and Italy. Yes, the promotion of any language is enriching.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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The survival of a Celtic language in Europe is a miracle, most of Spain had a Celtic language and now there are only a few words left, same with France and Italy. Yes, the promotion of any language is enriching.
the irish language has survived in spite of the majority of irish people , a pitiful percentage of the population are fluent in our native tongue
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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IIRC the Welsh are the most likely to speak their native language as a first language or fluently. In addition to the Irish and Welsh, there are the Bretons in France. Unfortunately the Breton language has rapidly diminished from being the first language of most Bretons in 1914, to being a language spoken as a first language by a single digit percentage of the population today.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Cali
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English is indeed a difficult language.
But people manage to learn it regardless.. Pretty soon China will have more people who speak English than the USA.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:27 AM
 
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IIRC the Welsh are the most likely to speak their native language as a first language or fluently. In addition to the Irish and Welsh, there are the Bretons in France. Unfortunately the Breton language has rapidly diminished from being the first language of most Bretons in 1914, to being a language spoken as a first language by a single digit percentage of the population today.


Briton is a Romance language/dialect.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Briton is a Romance language/dialect.
What ? No ! Gallo, which is the second language of Brittany is a Latin dialect and a part of langue d'oil. But Briton is definitely a celtic language :

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Hon Tad,
c'hwi hag a zo en Neńv,
ra vo santelaet hoc'h ano.
Ra zeuio ho Rouantelezh.
Ra vo graet ho youl war an douar evel en neńv.
Roit dimp hizio bara hor bevańs.
Distaolit dimp hon dleołevel m' hor bo ivez distaolet d' hon dleourion.
Ha n' hon lezit ket da vont gant an temptadur,
met hon dieubit eus an Droug.
Looks like a romance language right ? Stop saying non-sense and use google to double check first please.

By the way there is a revival of Briton in Brittany, plenty of school offer it as a second language.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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English is very popular language in europe. When i was travel by hitchhiking in europe i real dont have problem to comunicative with other pepoles, espetiali with young Polish, German, Czech Republic, Ukrain, Croatia, Hungary. It was worst in France or Spain but not that bad at all.
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