|| Misc queries
||Dec. 9th, 2004 09:59 am|
For reasons far too dull to explain, I own a domain of "ch3.org.uk". Can anyone tell me what CH3 would actually mean in chemical terms?|
Brits are known, fairly justly, as europe's worst linguists, and it's assumed that most of western europe speaks at least one foreign tongue fairly well.
How true is this, and to what extent does it also apply to eastern europe? What languages are most useful there?
I get the impression that in the more eastern part of eastern europe the lingua franca seems to be Russian, but that it's a good idea to appologise before using it, in case that causes offence. In central Europe, I think German is very common.
One reson I think that English people are bad linguists is that, given they can speak English to get most things done, and aren't really culturally exposed extensively to other languages, that takes away much of the motivation to learn. I'm sure that other cultures would be the same in similar circumstances, to be honest.