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Who speaks English?

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This is quite interesting.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flemish_people

The low 52% for Belgium hides this fact because the frequently fluently multi-lingual Flemings always get statistically lumped together with the usually ‘foreign-language-challenged’ French-speaking Walloons and French-speaking inhabitants of Brussels, who, like the neighbouring French with their 39%, statistically drag the number down for the whole of Belgium.

Also worthy of note here is that there are not a few among the Dutch, the Flemings, the Swedish and the Finns who speak and write English significantly *better* than many native English speakers in England and the UK… not to mention other native Anglos like Americans, Australians, New Zealanders etc.

Dutch people apparently are the best non-native English speakers in all of Europe! (Take that Sweden!)

We hope, however, that a certain amount of DUNGLISH will never go out of style! What are your favourite examples? (e.g. “the water is undeep”)

Philippe van Nedervelde

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Are Bilinguals Smarter?

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The human brain forms a ‘language area’  when the brain is young and malleable. Which also means that if we do not learn speech when we are young we will never learn to talk. (Children kept in isolation without any contact was proof to this). And if you don’t use it you lose it.

 

Some neurologists and other scientist also have a theory that if you learn to speak a second language then  learning a third, a fourth and so on is easier accomplished later on in life.

 

Now this fairly interesting article here http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-benefits-of-bilingualism.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

 

Which states ‘Bilingualism’s effects also extend into the twilight years. In a recent study of 44 elderly Spanish-English bilinguals, scientists led by the neuropsychologist Tamar Gollan of the University of California, San Diego, found that individuals with a higher degree of bilingualism — measured through a comparative evaluation of proficiency in each language — were more resistant than others to the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: the higher the degree of bilingualism, the later the age of onset.’