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By Chris Martyr
#1690209
Sooty25 wrote: It is no big deal that she is fluent!.


Quite correct Sooty .

In my dafter younger years , I had quite a strong connection with Sweden [ :wink: ] . In fact my first visit there was in 1972 in an SAS DC-8 .
They learn English there from a very young age and are as keen as mustard to do so because it looks cool if you can sing along to UK/US bands , watch English speaking telly without sub-titles and if you take up ANY sort of career , you will need English.
As a matter of fact , if you can't speak it , you're seen as a bit of a 'dumskalle' amongst your peers.

So Greta is no exception on that front .

I knew virtually nothing of her until she was on R4 a few days back . I formed an opinion then and nothing I have seen or heard since has changed that . Quite the opposite in fact !


It would be interesting if a certain Mr J. Paxman was to interview her . Just how long it would take before he fixed that frightening 'Paxman sideways glare' on her and said :

"Now Greta , can I have some hard facts and figures please , not just cliché's" .
By Chris Martyr
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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and on a lighter note,,,,
malcolmfrost wrote: spoke French ( or my version) to the waiter and he was most miffed and said “I can speak English!”


Malcolm , I have also been in exactly that predicament too whilst in France .. :D

I really need some kind French speaker to tell me the French equivalent of "thank f*** for that" in French...... :D :D
By malcolmfrost
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The frustrating thing is I can mostly get by with day to day stuff but don’t get as much practice now!
It’s when you have a car smash that you realise knowing what a pamplemousse is doesn’t cut i. :o
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By johnm
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I really need some kind French speaker to tell me the French equivalent of "thank f*** for that" in French...... :D :D


Tried Google translate? :D
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By stevelup
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malcolmfrost wrote:What language should we English speakers learn that would give us more opportunities than English?


Nothing wrong with English, it's just that none of the younger generation seems to give a damn about using it properly any more. A combination of awful Americanisms like using like every other like word, starting sentences with so... the list goes on.

And* don't get me started on punctuation and grammar. It seems that 50% of the population don't even understand the difference between there, their and they're any more. There has to be something fundamentally wrong with the education system. I blame the EU**

* nothing wrong with starting a sentence with a conjunction... Hmm... Does that invalidate my moaning about starting sentences with so? Bu66er.

** only joking
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By kanga
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malcolmfrost wrote:...
What language should we English speakers learn that would give us more opportunities than English?
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In some parts of the world, notably in Asia and Africa, young entrepreneurs are already voting with their wallets, paying for private language tuition, choosing Mandarin over English. I don't feel competent to guess whether or when the same may become true in Europe including UK. :roll:

Too late for me, though; it's a distinct gap in my repertoire. I have no ear for tones, so chose to learn Japanese instead.
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By johnm
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@Sooty25 my comments were aimed at the wider body of critics.

Oh, on the subject of the environment, I assume you are now grounding the TB20, and no longer travelling across europe to go skiing, or are you exempt?


I once ran a carbon offset model I can no longer find and apparently the trees in the wood absorb most of the CO2 we produce :D

The rest of you can plant your own :D
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By PaulB
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Chris Martyr wrote:I knew virtually nothing of her until she was on R4 a few days back . I formed an opinion then and nothing I have seen or heard since has changed that . Quite the opposite in fact !


...and what was that opinion?


It would be interesting if a certain Mr J. Paxman was to interview her . Just how long it would take before he fixed that frightening 'Paxman sideways glare' on her and said :

"Now Greta , can I have some hard facts and figures please , not just cliché's" .


Do you know, I think she'd probably reel a load of facts off. When you were a teenager, did you not have a hobby that you were obsessed with and just devoured all information about it?
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By Chris Martyr
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PaulB wrote:...and what was that opinion?


Paul . I know from your other posts that you are an intelligent , thinking man . :D

I believe that my previous posts on here probably reflect my feelings regarding carbon emissions and the environment we all live in . I cannot for a second think that any of the other contributors on here would disagree with my stance , your stance , or any of the other good guys who contribute here .

One of Greta's attributes is that apparently , she can see through bulls**t .

Strangely enough though , that also happens to be one of mine .

And I've got nearly fifty years on her . :D
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