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Old September 2nd, 2011, 06:01 PM   #11041
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The Québec issue is interesting, because they don't use ARRÊT in France.
There are tons of countries / places where STOP isn't used. Quebec, Chile, Mexico, etc basically almost every country except the English speaking ones... and France.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 06:03 PM   #11042
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Canadian French it totally different then French French anyway. Canadian-French films are subtitled in France because the French don't understand a word otherwise...
These two varities of French are not "totally different". The differences between Quebec French and France French are comparable to the ones between British and American English.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 06:14 PM   #11043
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There are tons of countries / places where STOP isn't used. Quebec, Chile, Mexico, etc basically almost every country except the English speaking ones... and France.
Nearly all non-English speaking European countries use STOP nonetheless. I've never seen ALTO in Spain.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 06:55 PM   #11044
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Things visible through a window, well, if it's visible to the Streetview car, it's still visible to anyone who should happen to be passing, so those people should be more careful about putting their blinds down. But I see their point of view....
The theory behind this is the so-called expected privacy. Maybe if you live on the ground floor in a busy street and leaving the blinds up it's kind of your problem, but Google also comes to more remote places where two cars pass by every day, or maybe you live in the last house in a dead-end street etc and having a photo online for all the world to see isn't the same as the chance of a random person coming there and taking a photo (and unlike Google cars they might still decide not to take a photo in certain direction).
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:06 PM   #11045
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Nearly all non-English speaking European countries use STOP nonetheless. I've never seen ALTO in Spain.
All European countries use STOP.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:07 PM   #11046
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These two varities of French are not "totally different". The differences between Quebec French and France French are comparable to the ones between British and American English.
But the French can't understand you...
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:16 PM   #11047
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All European countries use STOP.
i think you can still find DUR in Turkey
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:20 PM   #11048
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The Québec issue is interesting, because they don't use ARRÊT in France.
Which surprised me on my first trip to France. But Quebec (a) is more paranoid, at least at times, about protecting French, because they're really in a sea of English-speakers* and (b) isn't a signatory to whatever European treaty says that "stop" signs shall always say "STOP," and nothing else. I think there are tri-lingual (English/French/Inuit) stop signs in northern Canada.

*which I'm not criticizing, am generally supportive of, and it's none of my business anyway.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:25 PM   #11049
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These two varities of French are not "totally different". The differences between Quebec French and France French are comparable to the ones between British and American English.
I studied French from seventh grade on, majored in it in college, try to keep up (news sites and forums, and lots of reading) and consider myself near fluent. I've been to Quebec many times and try to function in French when I'm there. But - as far as I can tell - there are multiple varieties of French in Quebec ranging from standard-French-with-a-bit-of-an-accent all the way to "joual." I've encountered plenty of people in Montreal I found incomprehensible, and the last time I was there I found some non-news shows on TV incomprehensible, whereas I have no trouble at all with a Radio-Canada news broadcast.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:26 PM   #11050
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Nearly all non-English speaking European countries use STOP nonetheless. I've never seen ALTO in Spain.
I thought - as I suggested two posts ago - that saying STOP in English on stop signs was a treaty obligation in Europe?
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:58 PM   #11051
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Spain, Portugal and of course the UK and probably a few other places didn't ratify that treaty, so they can put up whatever they feel like.


I think that the differences between Quebecois French and French French are a bit like Portuguese Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, the French can't understand Quebeckers and Brazilians can't understand the Portuguese, but vice-versa isn't the case.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 08:02 PM   #11052
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I speak both English and Dutch, which are my native languages, fluent German as I live in Austria, and I'm working on my French, as France is my favourite country in Europe.
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Spain, Portugal and of course the UK and probably a few other places didn't ratify that treaty, so they can put up whatever they feel like.


I think that the differences between Quebecois French and French French are a bit like Portuguese Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, the French can't understand Quebeckers and Brazilians can't understand the Portuguese, but vice-versa isn't the case.
All Brits can understand American English but Americans cannot always understand British English. Not only some of the often horrible dialects (I hate Brummy, Geordy and Scouse the most) but also that Del Boy English you hear in the South East.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 08:08 PM   #11054
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I can't speak French all that well, but I can understand it. I could get along with quite basic things, and with complex vocabulary; with long words you can normally say something in English with a French accent, as the English word came from French. I hope to become fluent within a couple of years

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All Brits can understand American English but American cannot always understand British English. Not only some of the often horrible dialects (I hate Brummy, Geordy and Scouse the most) but also that Del Boy English you hear in the South East.
Yeah mate, I totally ear ya der innit. sumtimes we ave to ear carefully da illbilleys from West Vaginia and Tennasea innit, cas sumtimes its like waahh daa fucck ya noe wut i means? GOOO EENGGLAANDD, push daaa bludy fruggs outta Calaii and luut the sheep booze
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 08:11 PM   #11055
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Yeah mate, I totally ear ya der innit. sumtimes we ave to ear carefully da illbilleys from West Vaginia and Tennasea innit, cas sumtimes its like waahh daa fucck ya noe wut i means? GOOO EENGGLAANDD, push daaa bludy fruggs outta Calaii and luut the sheep booze
wo u on abt u silly sod urop is da best fing dat apend 2 england its true tho innit lol if we keep dis up we may lern ow 2 spel proply coz its fukin shit da crap we cum out wiv on facbuk n stuf so i say fugit im goin 2 calai wiv my england tshirt coz its abrod innit fukin tossas french cant cuk anyway, im omesik alredy miss my chiken nuggets lol luv u loads xxx
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wo u on abt u silly sod urop is da best fing dat apend 2 england its true tho innit lol if we keep dis up we may lern ow 2 spel proply coz its fukin shit da crap we cum out wiv on facbuk n stuf so i say fugit im goin 2 calai wiv my england tshirt coz its abrod innit fukin tossas french cant cuk anyway, im omesik alredy miss my chiken nuggets lol luv u loads xxx
aa uu basstartd, ur chav spel iz bettr dan min innit, jaa we musy gu ta calai wivv ur england shirts dat we wunt evn wear to su uff ur tatuus und ur fatzz. dose frugs suld se wut were made uff innit.

ingland ingland inglad. gud sav da qeen!
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aa uu basstartd, ur chav spel iz bettr dan min innit, jaa we musy gu ta calai wivv ur england shirts dat we wunt evn wear to su uff ur tatuus und ur fatzz. dose frugs suld se wut were made uff innit.

ingland ingland inglad. gud sav da qeen!
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