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Old 02-04-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Piza, Cape Town
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Some mighty odd thoughts being tossed around here. I don't know why people are so afraid of speaking german. I have been speaking German since I was 36. If I had been brought up speaking it, I doubt I'd mind. Most Cannacks and Aussumonds (I'm one of the former myself, and married to the latter) would be happy to have been born German and eat some rye bread and schnitzel for früstück.
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Canada
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There's not enough difference to really say. The countries' are just too similar in terms of the characteristics that would matter.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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Im a Brit & I lived in Australia for 12 yrs in both urban & rural areas.
I have lived in SE Asia for 4 years where there are a fair amount of Aussie sand Canadians.
My experience has shown me that Australia is a very unsophisticated place, even in the capital cities & in larger rural cities
the word "redneck" is a fair reflection sadly, especially in Queensland.
If you are a "Tradie", a straightforward bloke with a Trade behind him who likes his beer, cars & sport (Aussie Rules, Rugby League primarily)
you will fit into Oz & like it.. a lot.

The Canadians I know seem to me to be more sophisticated than the Aussies, though most of them are from larger cities like
Vancouver or Calgary & Edmonton. They are not Tradies, they are from more diverse backgrounds, usually white collar whereas
the Aussies are mainly blue collar. So whilst I have not been to Canada, my knowledge comes from the family I have there & the
Canadian people I have got to know over the last few years.
Canada also has the European influence of its French speaking part & its more European lifestyle.

In my opinion then, I would suggest Canada has to be the more sophisticated of the two countries if only because Australia
most definitely is NOT terribly sophisticated. It has long been held by many that if you are in the Arts the UK is the best place
but if you are in the Trades then Australia is it. I would suggest that Canada holds true for both?
I'm not knocking Australia, i just found it a very unsophisticated place & I would be very surprised if Canada wasn't more sophisticated
across the board, generally speaking.

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Old 02-05-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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^ Maybe it was the mob you were hanging around? That vein of ocker crudity does run through Australian mainstream society but there are many white collar people in the big cities who wouldn't fit into that stereotype. Tradies do tend to be a bit rough as guts sometimes, anywhere in the world, but yeah there probably is a blokiness to a lot of Australians that is distinct, much more so than North America.
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Some mighty odd thoughts being tossed around here. I don't know why people are so afraid of speaking german. I have been speaking German since I was 36. If I had been brought up speaking it, I doubt I'd mind. Most Cannacks and Aussumonds (I'm one of the former myself, and married to the latter) would be happy to have been born German and eat some rye bread and schnitzel for früstück.
I'm glad I was born into an English speaking country merely because English is now the de-facto global language. German's importance, like French, is ever-dwindling.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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One is very good at Rugby, the other very good at ice hockey.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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One is very good at Rugby, the other very good at ice hockey.
Well depends on what type of football. Rugby union is more popular in New Zealand than Australia, but Rugby League is more popular in Australia but Rugby League is not popular in all parts of Australia.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I'm glad I was born into an English speaking country merely because English is now the de-facto global language. German's importance, like French, is ever-dwindling.
Germany is an economic powerhouse. Germany the size of the state of Montana is the third largest exporter in the world. Therefore, the German language will remain viable.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:46 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Germany is an economic powerhouse. Germany the size of the state of Montana is the third largest exporter in the world. Therefore, the German language will remain viable.
Not saying it won't, but German is only useful in Germany, Austria and among Germans. English is the most useful language globally.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Piza, Cape Town
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Us Cannulaks speak a rather lyrical tongue, but then the Ausumonds whine on as if they're trying to pass lychees through their butts.
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