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Linas
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 Message 25 of 142
20 January 2006 at 3:58am | IP Logged 
andee wrote:
And like patuco kindly pointed out, I was using it as a comparison to Brazil.


It would be better say "Iberian Portuguese" against "Brazilian Portuguese" or "Angolan Portuguese".
However I prefer to say simply "Brazilian" when I speak about Brazilian Portuguese. As far as I know, Brazilian and Iberian Portuguese are practically mutually unintelligible, so they apppear to be rather two different languages sharing common name "Portuguese"
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patuco
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 Message 26 of 142
20 January 2006 at 5:57am | IP Logged 
Hencke wrote:
There may well be other factors, and if so, it would be interesting to hear about them.

Please tell us what reasons you discovered and your conclusions from talking to the locals.

I'd rather not share it on the forum since it would involve an inappropriate discussion. I'll PM you if you're still interested.
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iceman
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 Message 27 of 142
22 January 2006 at 1:11am | IP Logged 
i heard that rice's russian was so good that she corrected the translator that putin and bush were using in bush's ranch....guess not.
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Skandinav
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 Message 28 of 142
23 January 2006 at 3:34am | IP Logged 
That is hardly unlikely. Had Bush met with, say, some "lower-ranking" head of state without any foreign language expertise (like Bush himself), there is a chance that the translator might suck. But as for Russian, which is a big language, I think that the White House use extraordinary translators. Btw. Putin speaks fairly good English.

Edited by Skandinav on 23 January 2006 at 1:25pm

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souley
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 Message 29 of 142
23 January 2006 at 12:04pm | IP Logged 
Putins mothertongue isnt Russian ?

Edited by souley on 23 January 2006 at 12:04pm

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Skandinav
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 Message 30 of 142
23 January 2006 at 1:26pm | IP Logged 
Oops. Satisfied :-)
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M-Squared
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 Message 31 of 142
25 January 2006 at 7:07pm | IP Logged 
Michelle Bachelet, the recently elected President of Chile, was interviewed
on US television tonight, in English. Her English is excellent, quite fluent
with relatively little accent. Her Wikipedia biography says she speaks
Spanish, Portugese, English, German, French, and a little Russian.
According to the biography she lived in the US and went to US schools in
her middle school years, and later studied at the graduate level in the US.

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Skandinav
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 Message 32 of 142
26 January 2006 at 7:55am | IP Logged 
Btw. does anyone in here know about the language skills of great leaders (e.g. Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Churchill etc.)?


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