|| 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?
yes, when I was in Azerbaijan I would try "Do you speak English, parlez-vous francais, sprechen Sie vielleicht Deutsch?" with no success and then one of my few Russian phrases "Would you by any chance happen to speak a bit of Russian?", knowing perfectly well they would speak it fluently. Unfortunatly that was almost the extent of my Russian...
I think English people do tend to have the useful and underrated skill of understanding Bad English, because we do it a lot, whereas in some languages you never hear the language in mangled learner form and find it very hard to understand.