LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/ABR/2006 2:51 PM|
|Assunto:||English as an international language|
I live in a province which relies/thrives on tourism, probably 70% British.
Anywhere they go they ( Scandies, Germans, Dutch included )are bound to be adressed in English, in supermarkets, banks, restaurants bars, airports. I went to the vet with a dog of mine yesterday and the girl at the desk starts speaking English to me , while I had already spoken in Portuguese to her.
Brazil's tourism potential is huge, enormous. If they can get rid of the dangerous criminal image, there is an undreamed potential .
Speaking English is one of the first steps towards making tourists feel at home.If you know that Spain gets 40 million tourists per year with only a 1000 mile coast line imagine what Brazil could get.
On the Chinese angle, if they have such difficulty with English, the same probably counts for visa versa. In Hong Kong I only met Chinese who could cope but no real fluent ones. They must exist , but I never met one.
The only chinese I personally know to be fluent is a girlfriend of my daughter, who was born in the USA.( the girlfriend :)
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