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Date: 03/03/13 10:45 AM

46 Responses to Languages Spoken By Citizens [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    March 3, 2013 at 10:44 am
    Link: Languages Spoken By Citizens - I bet this wasn`t made by an American. Why is `errbody always pickin` on us `Muricans?
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    Mahaloth Male 30-39
    140 posts
    March 3, 2013 at 10:55 am
    No, it does not seem legit.
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    LegerDemain Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 10:57 am
    There`s no way the average swede speaks 3 languages.
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    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:06 am
    I speak two.. French and English.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:16 am
    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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    flying_ltj Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:18 am
    Poorly hand drawn informative graphic by someone who thinks a lower case `g` is a number.

    ... seems legit.
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    YANKmyDOODLE Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am
    whoever wrote this doesn`t know how to write numbers properly
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    SnoopyBG Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:23 am
    NO. The spanish do not speak two languages.
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    DromEd Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:25 am
    *yawn*

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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:29 am
    Apparently, Americans are only able to master 70% of the English language.
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    monsterzero Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2013 at 11:54 am
    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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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    The French one is presumably greater than 1 entirely due to immigrants who speak one or two other languages.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    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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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    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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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    I guess they took teabonics into account.
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    gargaflute Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    Source, or it`s all BS.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    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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    Naitsirhc88 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    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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    LikeIGiveASh Female 13-17
    443 posts
    March 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    This chart is supposed to be a joke people. Lighten up, laugh a little. Sheesh.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    Wait what? So three out of ten Americans are completely mute?
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    13-17 year old, one does not simply laugh at something that isn`t funny.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    Dunno, come round my neighborhood
    and its rather like stone age times
    barely get a grunt out of most
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    spanerbulb Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    Naitsirhc88, if this was actually serious, your argument would makes no sense at all based on this chart.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    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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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    Ich Spreche Deutsche et mon Francais est comme ci, comme ca.

    So I ruin the Brit stat. Ja.
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    kvetcher Male 50-59
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    March 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    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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    Langer Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    Apparently, Americans are only able to master 70% of the English language.

    that or else they were asked what languages they speak, and American wasn`t accepted as an actual language
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Fwoggie2 - unfortunately, you don`t understand the meaning of the word `average`
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm
    Define "American"
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    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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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    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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    defendors87 Male 18-29
    570 posts
    March 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm
    fluent in English as a first language and Spanish as a second.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm
    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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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    March 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm
    Isn`t "cabbie" a language?
  35. Profile photo of Modwain
    Modwain Male 40-49
    336 posts
    March 4, 2013 at 1:40 am
    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
  36. Profile photo of MrPeabody
    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    March 4, 2013 at 1:41 am
    @auburnjunky
    Chinese know two languages by default (Chinese/Mandarin), so 1.9 means they`re REALLY stupid as far as this graphic is concerned.

    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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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 4, 2013 at 4:08 am
    Thanks Mr. Peabody. I never knew that.

    English is still the world language though hehe.
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
    2018 posts
    March 4, 2013 at 8:11 am
    Well, duh. The lower folks must learn the language of the best if they want to better themselves.
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    March 4, 2013 at 8:47 am
    I was under the impression many foreign countries automatically are taught English?
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    EVILLECUTTER Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 9:42 am
    CAUSE WE DONT HAVE TO
  41. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    "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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    Plangkye Female 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    I`m going to guess this was made either by a Brit or a really, really cynical American.
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    bordo Male 50-59
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    March 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    So 0.3 of all Americans are mute (3 in 10), being unable to speak even one language?
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    lauriloo Female 40-49
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    March 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    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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    lauriloo Female 40-49
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    March 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    "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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    kinky_afr0 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    stupid americans

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