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Old 12-31-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I was just looking at a question on Yahoo! Answers, asking why native English speakers are so bad at spelling their own language? The asker wanted to know why Brits, Americans, Canadians and Australians misspelled alot of words yet many non-native English speakers spell perfectly..

Are the Anglo-Saxons really this ignorant, or is it because English is so common? I mean, Scandinavians, the Dutch etc need to learn English when travelling or working/studying abroad because it is the international language of business..
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I was just looking at a question on Yahoo! Answers, asking why native English speakers are so bad at spelling their own language? The asker wanted to know why Brits, Americans, Canadians and Australians misspelled alot of words yet many non-native English speakers spell perfectly..

Are the Anglo-Saxons really this ignorant, or is it because English is so common? I mean, Scandinavians, the Dutch etc need to learn English when travelling or working/studying abroad because it is the international language of business..
I don't think the rate is all that bad, it's just bad spelling tends to stick out. I have noticed a few ones which I still scratch my head over. Like 'looser' for 'loser'. A lot of people also don't read that often, especially young people, except the badly written crap they read on the internet.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Although I'm not American I'm a bit tired of people singling out Americans as being especially ignorant (largely based on selective polls) about the world and general knowledge in general compared to other nations. I've experienced a fair deal of ignorance and obliviousness from people of many nationalities, and from travelling have found Americans no stupider on average than others.

I suppose this will make my question sound sort of hypocritical/like setting up a bash-fest between countries. Anyway, in your experience, do any nations stand out as being particularly educated in general, globally aware/worldly? Do any strike you as being the opposite, rather unaware of the world outside their backyard?

Globally aware/worldly?
I'd say Northern Europeans, Brits for the most part, but most of all - Germans.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Macao
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The smaller the country, the more internationally aware all of their citizens must be.

Large countries just become worlds to themselves.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Yea, northern and central europeans have always struck me as very aware of the rest of the world.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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Yea, northern and central europeans have always struck me as very aware of the rest of the world.
"Central Europeans" as in...?
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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"Central Europeans" as in...?
You. I love you.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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You. I love you.
Nope, that would be wrong address - I'm coming from Eastern Europe indeed, but thanks for a good chuckle.

PS. Psssst don't tell anyone, but I believe in such thing as "Central Europe."
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:26 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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The North Koreans are the least aware since their society is so closed. They have no idea how the First World, including South Korea, lives and still firmly actually believe all the propaganda from Kim Jong Il, how Kim Jong Un!!!!!!

Also up there would be the Afghans, Iranians, Pakistanis, Yemenis though Afghanistan how is more open to Western influence since the fall of the Taliban. The beliefs in much of the Muslim world are very backwards such as stoning people to death for adultery, cutting off hands for theft, treating women like property, etc. What is really interesting are places like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait which DO have access to the outside world and know how the rest of the world lives, but STILL insist on living life based on jihad and sharia.
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Kuwait is different from Saudi.. it's very Western in many ways.. women DO NOT have to cover their faces.. they can just wear normal clothes like Western women do, and they can actually drive.
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