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Old December 14th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #5961
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No. The missing 11.4km section b/n Etzleben and Sömmerda will be completed until late 2014 (OSM).
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #5962
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I had no problem with my Italian car at TÜV in Munich. The lady didn't speak english but in 5 minutes all was done.
It´s suprise for me, because according me experince a lot of people in germany speak english well.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #5963
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It´s suprise for me, because according me experince a lot of people in germany speak english well.
Better than you?

Anyway, most educated Germans do speak English, but not the lower class ones.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #5964
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Many Germans speak English. Problem is that the vocabulary around details of a registration document is not that common, and also people working on car shops are not usually the ones with university degrees etc.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:35 PM   #5965
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Not only people with university degrees speak English, Suburby...
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:35 PM   #5966
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Germans have to learn English at school but there are a lot Germans who don't use their English. Thus many Germans understand English but cannot converse - especially about specific stuff (I've not used English at all for more than 10 years after school... In addition I am not talented and I was very lazy at school).
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:36 PM   #5967
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I find Italians the worst English - speakers in the whole of Europe.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #5968
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Well, I will be in Italy next week. I will travel with a guy from US. He was complaning about the English of one of our Italian colleagues a couple of days ago. I answered that I think his English is good - much better than mine. But my US co-worker disagreed that my English is much better than the English of our Italian friend...
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #5969
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MichiH, your written English is very good! You write correctly save for a very occasional vocabulary issue.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 03:57 PM   #5970
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MichiH, your written English is very good! You write correctly save for a very occasional vocabulary issue.
Yes, he writes very correctly safe for a very occasional vocabulary issue, whatever the **** that means
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Old December 15th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #5971
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Thanks, but writing is not speaking - I can look up missing vocabulary . But it is getting better by using .
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Old December 15th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #5972
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I think English spoken by Spanish is worse
Italian speak very melodic and almost every word ends in a vowel.

With Germans I have mixed feelings, some speak very good, including accent and pronunciation, some speak with awful accent and pronunciation, especially "th", "v", "w", and have problems understanding English not spoken like them
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Old December 15th, 2013, 05:30 PM   #5973
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Everyone who travels often to or through Germany should know at least some basics of the German language. The problem is not the English skills of Germans but the unwillingness of foreigners to learn German.

The laziest language learner in Europe are definitely the Brits. They expect that everyone abroad is fluent in English but they themselves don´t speak any foreign language.


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Old December 15th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #5974
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You obviously haven't met the Russians on holiday yet...
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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:03 PM   #5975
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Lovely generalization-fest you're all having....
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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:11 PM   #5976
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And all so strictly related to German roads
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Old December 16th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #5977
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I find Italians the worst English - speakers in the whole of Europe.
A bus stops and two obviously Italian men get on. They seat themselves, and engage in animated conversation. The lady sitting behind them ignores their conversation at first, but her attention is galvanized when she hears one of the men say the following:

"Emma come first. Den I come. Two asses, they come together. I come again. Two asses, they come together again. I pee twice. Then I come once more."

"You foul-mouthed wop swine," retorted the lady indignantly. "In this country we don't talk about our sex lives in public!"

"Hey, cool down lady," said the man. "I was only tellin' my friend here how to spell Mississippi."
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Old December 16th, 2013, 08:57 AM   #5978
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I find Italians the worst English - speakers in the whole of Europe.
Maybe but most Italians will try to converse with you even in their limited English. Frenchmen won't even if they have a degree in English Literature.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #5979
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In my experience, Italians speak bad English but Germans are not good either. In a different way: when Germans speak English, they are good, pronounciation and all. But there are more Italians speaking English than Germans. A former coworker of mine, German physicist in Italy for 6 months, got by without learning a word in Italian. In Munich I had to at least learn very basic German, English wasn't sufficient.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 09:54 AM   #5980
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Maybe but most Italians will try to converse with you even in their limited English. Frenchmen won't even if they have a degree in English Literature.
No. Wrong again. Most French people are tolerant enough to assist you in English, if you at least make an effort to say something French. Even if it's just bonjour. I know, I'm nearly there every day.
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