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Autor:  pat
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Data:  26/ABR/2006 10:31 PM
Assunto:  To Pat - English as an international language
 
Mensagem:      Johannes, you are misunderstanding me. It's nothing to do with brasilians persay; the average adult is not capable of becoming conversant in a second language. The only exception to that rule would be if they are in avery immersed environment. That's my opinion, born out by my anecdotal experience. I could be wrong.

And I will have to insist that you are wrong in thinking that the large latin-based english vocabulary helps a latin-language speaker to converse with the average native-speaker of english. Definitely not so. The less than 50% anglo-saxon vocabulary is used in probably more than 90% of ordinary speech. Probably closer to 99%. If one is going to converse with professors and lawyers, fine, you would be right, but for the average interlocutor it's little help. Just as my spinning of latin-based english words into portuguese (to put it kindly) does not help much with the colloquial or caipira brasilian.

This is why it is easier for germans, dutch, and scandinavians to become functional english-speakers, as the cores of all those languages, including english, are germanic.


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Não gosto muito destes participantes do forum  –  Roberto Witte  24/ABR/2006, 12:16 PM
English as an international language  –  pat  24/ABR/2006, 4:16 PM
English as an international language  –  Roberto Witte  24/ABR/2006, 4:54 PM
English as an international language  –  Johannes  24/ABR/2006, 5:18 PM
English as an international language  –  Paulo  24/ABR/2006, 5:44 PM
English as an international language  –  pat  25/ABR/2006, 8:31 AM
English as an international language  –  Josi  25/ABR/2006, 9:37 AM
English as an international language  –  Dale/RS  25/ABR/2006, 11:19 AM
English as an international language  –  José Roberto  26/ABR/2006, 12:37 PM
English as an international language  –  Johannes  25/ABR/2006, 2:51 PM
English as an international language  –  pat  26/ABR/2006, 9:30 AM
To Pat - English as an international language  –  Paulo  26/ABR/2006, 12:22 PM
To Pat - English as an international language  –  Johannes  26/ABR/2006, 6:01 PM
To Pat - English as an international language  –  Johannes  26/ABR/2006, 6:06 PM
 To Pat - English as an international language  –  pat  26/ABR/2006, 10:31 PM

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