Languages Spoken By Citizens [Pic]

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 4 years ago in Misc

I bet this wasn"t made by an American. Why is "errbody always pickin" on us "Muricans?
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Male 583
stupid americans
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Female 1,803
"I was under the impression many foreign countries automatically are taught English? "

I thought that, too, but when you travel there you`ll probably find people remember as much english as the typical American remembers of the spanish they took in middle school. I was just in Germany last year and was surprised how many people didn`t speak english, including waiters which I would assume would be motivated to make tourists comfortable. I tried to go on two ghost tours because it was Halloween time and both were german only so I had to pass. I stayed in Darmstadt and the young guy who checked me in to the hotel could barely say/understand any english.
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Female 1,803
Proximity to another country certainly creates necessity. I would bet Americans in the states bordering Mexico are far more likely to know Spanish than people in Minnesota. Plus, we already know the almost universal language of world commerce so why would we learn another language and if we did, which one would we choose? I`ve learned bits and pieces of german, italian, french and spanish just because I`ve travelled there and didn`t want to be completely helpless.
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Male 907
So 0.3 of all Americans are mute (3 in 10), being unable to speak even one language?
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Female 258
I`m going to guess this was made either by a Brit or a really, really cynical American.
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Male 10,339
"I was under the impression many foreign countries automatically are taught English?"

They are. It is the world`s most widely taught language.
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Male 244
CAUSE WE DONT HAVE TO
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Female 2,509
I was under the impression many foreign countries automatically are taught English?
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Male 2,058
Well, duh. The lower folks must learn the language of the best if they want to better themselves.
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Male 10,339
Thanks Mr. Peabody. I never knew that.

English is still the world language though hehe.
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Male 1,920
@auburnjunky
[quote]Chinese know two languages by default (Chinese/Mandarin), so 1.9 means they`re REALLY stupid as far as this graphic is concerned.[/quote]

Chinese is not a language just like American is not a language. When people say they know Chinese it means for the most part they know Mandarin because it is the national language. Just like English is in America. The are many regional dialects in China, such as Cantonese and Shanghaiese, which local people people speak as well as the national language. The are some older people (~60`s and older) who never learned Mandarin in school though, so they are not very good with it, and rely on their local dialect. Also all school children take English. So that .1% could be older people, or people who did not even go to school.
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Male 334
why speaking more languagase is good for you

so yeah, even if english or the american version of english is your main language ,a second, third and god forbide a fourth languagte can not only improve your economic situation, it also is better for your health and development
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Male 2,097
Isn`t "cabbie" a language?
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Male 10,339
Hmmm. Let`s see.

We border an equal country that speaks English, and a lesser country (yes, I said it) that speaks Spanish.

Chinese know two languages by default (Chinese/Mandarin), so 1.9 means they`re REALLY stupid as far as this graphic is concerned.

Spaniards HAVE to travel through France to get anywhere on their own continent, sooooo.

Sweden? Do they speak Swedish, Finnish, or Norwegian there? Flip a coin.

Fact is, we don`t HAVE to learn a second language, because English is the world language. Bitches.
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Male 570
fluent in English as a first language and Spanish as a second.
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Male 1,920
I have taken 4 years of French in high school and 1 semester of Chinese in junior college, but I have never used either enough to become fluent. I just remember the basics of both due to disuse.

Many countries (Japan, India, China etc.) receive English education from grade school because it has become the common language of business, and to a lesser extent education. There are a lot of students from non-English native countries attending English universities.

People who live in a country that does not speak English have more of a chance to learn and practice English because it is everywhere and they have been (in most cases) taught since they were young. To get that same opportunity in an English speaking country, you have to have almost continuous exposure to that second language. Then there is the question of which language to learn. It`s an easy choice for non-English speakers, but not so easy for most English speakers.
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Male 37,762
Cheap shot.
Also a cheap shot at the Japanese. afaik they almost all study English in school, as well as learn either Korean or Chinese along the way.
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Male 1,950
Define "American"
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Male 1,178
Fwoggie2 - unfortunately, you don`t understand the meaning of the word `average`
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Male 395
[quote]Apparently, Americans are only able to master 70% of the English language.[/quote]

that or else they were asked what languages they speak, and American wasn`t accepted as an actual language
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Male 213
Handwriting`s continental European. UK figure seems high, given our general educational standards. French too - after Americans, the least travelled people in the developed world, and the most chauvinistic about their language. Just another pop at the Yanks, I guess.
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Male 1,803
Ich Spreche Deutsche et mon Francais est comme ci, comme ca.

So I ruin the Brit stat. Ja.
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Male 7,740
Andrew155-"Apparently, Americans are only able to master 70% of the English language."

There are many who are lucky if they`ve mastered 20% of the English langauge.
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Male 1,243
Naitsirhc88, if this was actually serious, your argument would makes no sense at all based on this chart.
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Male 13,624
Dunno, come round my neighborhood
and its rather like stone age times
barely get a grunt out of most
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Male 2,578
13-17 year old, one does not simply laugh at something that isn`t funny.
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Male 5,094
Wait what? So three out of ten Americans are completely mute?
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Female 443
This chart is supposed to be a joke people. Lighten up, laugh a little. Sheesh.
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Male 392
This chart is biased.It`s more a question of Geography than education. The US only actually borders 2 other countries, Mexico, to the south; and Canada, to the North. Canadians Speak Mostly English, except in Quebec where they speak mostly French. Mexicans Speak Spanish, and some other indigenous languages depending on how far south you go. So you only really need to know 3 languages to be able to commuicate with 99.999% of the population of the enter North American continent.

Also the US is A very large country with respect to land mass. Those people living in the central part of the US, depending on how much they travel, may never run into a situation where they need to know a second language.
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Female 6,381
Every educated European is expected to know English these days. In a lot of areas of employment (tourism, piloting, science) it`s essential, so that accounts for the starting point of 2 languages in most countries.
English has become what Esperanto was supposed to be: the universal tongue. Add to that the fact that America is virtually isolated from almost all European languages, and you can`t blame them for speaking English alone.
As for 0.7 - wry joke that definitely applies in some places.
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Male 125
Source, or it`s all BS.
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Male 3,364
I guess they took teabonics into account.
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Male 4,014
This isn`t possible. The baseline is one, it cannot be anything less that one as a matter of logic. This is a logic fail.
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Male 2,516
I speak English, pero tambien hablo espanol, e io parlo un pocchino d`Italiano anche, et Francaise, und ich kann verstehe ein klein Deutsch.

But I`m only fluent in three of those...
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Male 1,293
The French one is presumably greater than 1 entirely due to immigrants who speak one or two other languages.
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Male 358
English, Greek, French and Spanish.
Mother in law is teaching me Italian.
Want to learn Japanese.
Yup! I guess I is one of dem stupid `Muricans alright.
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Male 2,578
Apparently, Americans are only able to master 70% of the English language.
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Male 2,460
[quote]*yawn*[/quote]

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Male 675
NO. The spanish do not speak two languages.
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Male 771
whoever wrote this doesn`t know how to write numbers properly
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Male 339
Poorly hand drawn informative graphic by someone who thinks a lower case `g` is a number.

... seems legit.
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Male 2,578
The only way a Swede would speak that many is if they just learn Norwegian or Danish, which would take minimal effort for them.

This is wrong, but there is a strong geographic region why Americans learn languages less. If you`re in Kentucky, you`re not learning French. Spanish is the only one you would encounter without going out of your way, but that would be like a European learning Arabic, which never happens.

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Male 1,341
I speak two.. French and English.
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Male 124
There`s no way the average swede speaks 3 languages.
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Male 140
No, it does not seem legit.
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Female 8,044
Link: Languages Spoken By Citizens [Pic] [Rate Link] - I bet this wasn`t made by an American. Why is `errbody always pickin` on us `Muricans?
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