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Old September 13th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #561
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This is road-sign in Albania where the places are written in 3 languages (Albanian, Macedonian latin and Macedonian cyrilic)
Since when is Macedonian used in Albania? That is new for me.

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In Kosovo we have 5-7% Serbian minority and we have Serbian as a second official language.
Thank God. I can read Serbian, but unfortunately no Albanian. If I were to visit Kosovo (I hope to do so once) I can at last read the signs


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In FYR of Macedonia you have 25-30% Albanian so in fairness the second official language should be Albanian. I think FYR Macedonians add the English just to avoid having to put Albanian signs.
I have found this picture of a sign in Skopje which contains Albanian

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Old September 13th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #562
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At Andorra... about only 11.000 peoplen are Andorran. The rest... up to more than 70.000 people are from a lot of nationalities. Mainly Spanish and French... but also Portuguese.

In fact, those three countries have embassies at Andorra (it could be considered normal to have the French and Spanish one because country with border... but Portugal is far away and have an embassy, not a consulate).
About five or six countries more have consulates (depending from embassies at Madrid or Paris), and a lot of countries give the representation to the consulate at Toulouse or at Barcelona.

Anyway, the number of foreing citizens is very big... and, all, all, all signals are only in Catalan, the only official language in the country. Names are very similar to Spanish and French (and when they point the name of a city, place, etc... no need to be translated), but only one language used and no problem to understand it.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 07:56 PM   #563
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... In FYR of Macedonia you have 25-30% Albanian so in fairness the second official language should be Albanian. I think FYR Macedonians add the English just to avoid having to put Albanian signs.
As far as i know, in so called bilingual areas of FYROM all signs have to be in Albanian also (enforced by EU after the albanian insurgency in 2001).

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Since when is Macedonian used in Albania? That is new for me.
There is a small slavic minority in the Pogradec (as Pogradec is a name with slavic origin) area at the Ohrid-Lake, more here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania#Demographics
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:13 PM   #564
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In some parts of Iran near Astara there are trilingual signs:
Persian
English
Russian (Azerbaijan was one time part of USSR) and I saw some russian trucks in that area.
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:33 PM   #565
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:33 PM   #566
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A persian Russian English sign in Bilesavar (The blue one)
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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #567
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In some parts of Iran near Astara there are trilingual signs:
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Russian (Azerbaijan was one time part of USSR) and I saw some russian trucks in that area.
I'm surprised Arabic's not more important in Iran?
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Arabic is not used on directional signs at all. Only some arabic famous religeous slogans!!!
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Old September 14th, 2011, 01:45 AM   #569
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At Spain some advice signals about recommendations for trucks, fire danger, etc... are in several languages but not standard.
This is... they will appear in Spanish and English. Should the region has another official language it will appear too... and it can appear in French, German, Portuguese, etc... usually depending of the most usually traffic there.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #570
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I'm surprised Arabic's not more important in Iran?
Why surprised? Arabic and Persian (Farsi) are different languages.
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Why surprised? Arabic and Persian (Farsi) are different languages.
I'm surprised, in view of Arabic's importance in that part of the world, that it wouldn't be as important as a second (or third) language as Russian is.
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Iran's a huge country, probably less linguistically influenced by Arabic, although Nima can confirm or correct me I'm sure
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On Corsica island, city names generally are indicated in French and Corsican.
French names are often sprayed over.

Well, "French" names on Corsica in fact are mostly Italian names.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #574
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Iran's a huge country, probably less linguistically influenced by Arabic, although Nima can confirm or correct me I'm sure
That is correct. Iran is a very diverse country speaking of language. First is Farsi (Persian) (60%), Second Azeri (As in Azerbaijan) (25%) third is Kurdish (10%) and Arabic alongside Baluchi is the fourth language (each 2%). Total population is 75 million.
Iran was influenced by arabic a lot in the old days. The reason why Iran wasn't influeced that much by arabic language in the modern times is because arabs were controled by turks, France was powerful so Iran was more influenced by French (19th and first half of 20th) and Farsi and Persian culture is an strong culture which was an influencer rather than influenced. It influenced Central Asian countries, Indian subcontinent Countries and Caucaus countries. Hope that clarify everything
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Well, "French" names on Corsica in fact are mostly Italian names.
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This one was on the way from Calvi to Ajaccio, on Col de Vizzavona.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 04:11 PM   #576
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how do French say for Ajaccio: [aʒaksjo'] or like in Italian [aja'tʃo]?
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They use the French-style pronunciation, so "[aʒaksjo']". The city is regularly included in the weather forecast in mainland France media as well, so as to represent Corsica.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #578
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Frisian / Dutch

Here an example of a Dutch/Frisian sign in the Netherlands (Fryslan):

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Old September 25th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #579
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Cannot find the photo at google but today in the N-II near my city I found a signal about do not throw lit cigarrettes in Portuguese, Dutch and German.

I suppose I missed the one before in Spanish, French and English.

The question is why not in Italian... the most important number of tourist in the city is Italian... but this road depends of the ministry (if depending of the municipality, be sure that only in English and Italian, according with number of visitors).

And the second question is... the road was the N-II and has parallel the A-2 free tolled. All long trips will cross A-2. The road I took is used only for a industry area and some villages... but they have signals in several languages!!!!!!
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 12:40 AM   #580
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A signal in a French road very near to Spanish border at Aragon.

Signal was only in French but later they added Spanish translation.

http://maps.google.es/?ll=42.867425,...69.15,,1,18.24
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