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Re: Not to intrude but... if I could throw my 5p in

Posted by marcusm on 02/15/2005 04:41:51 AM

Guys, I have now lived here in Luxembourg for 5 years and met/lived with people from all over Europe. I have come to the conclusion that they fall into certain groups, firstly the stalwart British group - they do not offend if at all possible and are easy going, I find our US bretheren mostly fall into this category too - except for certain areas.

We then have the Germanophones, they are always right, a bit "in your face", and have at least one solution for everything, but when they fail, they admit it, roll over and take their licks peacefully(well for the last 55 years at least). The poles follow this group too - apart from the last bit, the poles are NEVER wrong.

The last big group in Europe are the Francophones, who - and I have no idea why, seem agressive against anyone who is not (- this is a REAL observation)and use elevated language at the slightest possiblility, this they consider normal in their own languages, but when they translate their words into other languages - particularly English, IS downright rude at times, and this is possibly where the root of the problem lies.

Yes there are a lot of people who speak English in the world, but I think only a real native speaker can postulate the nuances that most others, having learned English later in life, seem unfortunately to steamroller - I hope our other European friends can see my meaning and hopefully agree with me.

I think this string has gone far enough, we are all friends, and this has grown agressively like topsy - i.e. I think both sides should put the white flag up, and agree to differ.

Perhaps the warring factions should meet at the said locale one night - surrepticiously, and without prebooking anything and see what happens.

Best Regards,

MarcusMPeacemakerOfTheGrandDuché

Eating and drinking in Brugge - updates from recent trip - Jeremy Gray, 02/12/05 11:34:08 AM
        Dickie - Den Dyver - Logan, 02/14/05 02:20:58 PM
                Re: Dickie - Den Dyver - Filip Geerts, 02/16/05 01:47:46 AM
                Re: Dickie - Den Dyver - Rich Link, 02/15/05 08:53:26 PM
                Den Dyver - marcusm, 02/15/05 03:20:55 AM
                        Re: Den Dyver - , 02/15/05 08:08:47 AM
                                Re: Den Dyver - marcusm, 02/16/05 05:07:23 AM
                Stille Nacht 2000 - Ian, 02/14/05 03:54:39 PM
                        Stille Nacht 2000 on tap - Logan, 02/15/05 09:16:29 PM
                        Re: Stille Nacht 2000 - Loren, 02/15/05 08:19:11 AM
                        Re: Stille Nacht 2000 - Paul Shirley, 02/14/05 06:51:31 PM
        Great report, Jeremy - Bob Johnston, 02/14/05 08:43:04 AM
        Re: Eating and drinking in Brugge - updates from recent trip - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 05:54:42 AM
                Filip and Sabrina - Bob Johnston, 02/14/05 08:51:02 AM
        Re: Eating and drinking in Brugge - updates from recent trip - Sabrina Danieletto, 02/13/05 06:20:49 PM
                Thank you for your comments - Jeremy Gray, 02/14/05 02:40:29 PM
                        I've Been Sitting Here Biting My Lip .... - Mark, 02/15/05 06:15:31 AM
                                Re: I've Been Sitting Here Biting My Lip .... - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 07:10:11 AM
                                        Trying to be constructive - I swear! - SteveG, 02/15/05 01:38:14 PM
                                        Re: I've Been Sitting Here Biting My Lip .... - Mark, 02/15/05 08:52:21 AM
                                                Re: I've Been Sitting Here Biting My Lip .... - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 04:08:33 PM
                                                        Filip, read this lot to make you feel better - Jeremy Gray, 02/16/05 04:10:04 AM
                                                                Re: Filip, read this lot to make you feel better - Filip Geerts, 02/16/05 01:37:11 PM
                                                                Jeremy's idea of a reasoned argument - , 02/16/05 04:48:11 AM
                                                                        Re: Jeremy's idea of a reasoned argument - Tony Blair, 02/16/05 08:21:47 AM
                                                                        Thank you for your input :) - Jeremy Gray, 02/16/05 05:08:53 AM
                                                                                He won't, because THAT is not the aim. nfm - Joris P., 02/16/05 06:01:36 AM
                                                Being mistaken is not the issue - Dick, 02/15/05 03:26:47 PM
                        Re: Thank you for your comments - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 04:14:58 PM
                "destroy our business"?? Oh brother. nfm - SteveG, 02/14/05 12:09:51 PM
                what? - John Sturm, 02/13/05 09:32:44 PM
                        Re: what? - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 07:06:53 AM
                                You should be ashamed of yourself Filip. - SteveG, 02/14/05 09:32:58 AM
                                        Re: You should be ashamed of yourself Filip. - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 11:47:22 AM
                                                Re: You should be ashamed of yourself Filip. - SteveG, 02/14/05 12:03:21 PM
                                                        RELAX Steve ! - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 12:32:16 PM
                                                                How dare you, Filip Geerts - Jeremy Gray, 02/14/05 02:44:50 PM
                                                                        Re: How dare you, Filip Geerts - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 03:16:10 PM
                                                                                Re: How dare you, Filip Geerts - SteveG, 02/14/05 04:20:31 PM
                                                                                        Re: How dare you, Filip Geerts - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 04:50:14 PM
                                                                                                Re: How dare you, Filip Geerts - Jeremy Gray, 02/14/05 05:02:19 PM
                                                                                                        Re: How dare you, Filip Geerts - Theresa Zlonkiewicz, 02/14/05 05:09:49 PM
                                                                                                                Re: How dare you, Filip Geerts - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 05:35:04 PM
                                                                                                                        My final word - Jeremy Gray, 02/15/05 03:13:34 AM
                                                                                                                                Re: My final word - Joelle, 02/15/05 10:49:49 AM
                                                                                                                                Re: My final word - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 04:11:22 AM
                                                                                                                                        Re: My final word - Joris P., 02/15/05 05:16:13 AM
                                                                                                                                                Re: My final word - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 06:10:06 AM
                                                                                                                                                        English and other expressions - Joris P., 02/15/05 07:39:13 AM
                                                                                                                        How's this for a desperate attempt at a solution - MikeK, 02/14/05 08:43:03 PM
                                                                                                                                Re: How's this for a desperate attempt at a solution - SteveG, 02/15/05 07:23:05 AM
                                                                                                                                Re: How's this for a desperate attempt at a solution - John Sturm, 02/14/05 08:48:26 PM
                                                                For Attention of Filip - Theresa Zlonkiewicz, 02/14/05 02:27:17 PM
                                                                        Re: For Attention of Filip - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 03:04:44 PM
                                                                                Re: For Attention of Filip - Tim L, 02/14/05 06:23:17 PM
                                                                                        Re: For Attention of Filip - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 04:33:31 AM
                                                                                                Re: For Attention of Filip - Cornelia, 02/15/05 08:48:30 AM
                                                                                                        Re: For Attention of Filip - Warren Becker, 02/16/05 01:18:21 PM
                                                                                                                Waterfronts in NYC - Jeremy Gray, 02/16/05 01:27:41 PM
                                                                                                                        Speaking of Ribs... - Bill Coleman, 02/16/05 02:08:53 PM
                                                                                                                                Re: Speaking of Ribs... - Filip Geerts, 02/16/05 02:50:35 PM
                                                                                                        BBQ in NYC - DaveR, 02/15/05 10:23:51 AM
                                                                                                                May not be pricey if you normally pay in Euros. nfm - Dick, 02/15/05 09:02:01 PM
                                                                                                                        Re: May not be pricey if you normally pay in Euros. - Jeremy Gray, 02/16/05 02:30:05 AM
                                                                                                                                Re: May not be pricey if you normally pay in Euros. - Bill Coleman, 02/16/05 12:04:18 PM
                                                                                                                Re: BBQ in NYC - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 03:06:16 PM
                                                                                                                Dinosaur BBQ? - SteveG, 02/15/05 12:24:33 PM
                                                                                                        Re: For Attention of Filip - Bill Coleman, 02/15/05 09:50:02 AM
                                                                                        RIbs ! - marcusm, 02/15/05 04:10:01 AM
                                                                relaxed... - SteveG, 02/14/05 12:56:34 PM
                                                                        Not to intrude but... - Loren, 02/14/05 01:44:24 PM
                                                                                Re: Not to intrude but... 5p - marcusm, 02/15/05 04:13:49 AM
                                                                                I figured you were studying techniques ;=D - Dick, 02/14/05 07:29:19 PM
                                                                                Re: Not to intrude but... - SteveG, 02/14/05 04:32:40 PM
                                                                                        Eh...at the end of the day... - Loren, 02/15/05 06:57:26 AM
                                                                                                Didn't you have to exit a message board once? - SteveG, 02/15/05 07:31:39 AM
                                                                                                        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! - Loren, 02/15/05 08:01:36 AM
                                                                                                                Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! - SteveG, 02/15/05 09:23:55 AM
                                                                                                                        Case in point #2 - Loren, 02/15/05 10:11:09 AM
                                                                                                                                Re: Case in point #2 - SteveG, 02/15/05 11:06:34 AM
                                                                                                                        Personal attacks - don't get mad... - Loren, 02/15/05 10:00:31 AM
                                                                                                                                Re: Personal attacks - don't get mad... - SteveG, 02/15/05 10:38:37 AM
                                                                                                                                        Re: Personal attacks - don't get mad... - Loren, 02/15/05 11:14:08 AM
                                                                                                                                                A, I thought something had to be missing! - SteveG, 02/15/05 11:43:06 AM
                                                                                                                                                        Re: A, I thought something had to be missing! - Loren, 02/15/05 12:38:01 PM
                                                                                        Re: Not to intrude but... - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 04:45:53 PM
                                                                                                Re: Not to intrude but... - dsanborn, 02/14/05 05:36:25 PM
                                                                                                Re: Not to intrude but... - Jeremy Gray, 02/14/05 04:50:16 PM
                                                                                                        Re: Not to intrude but... if I could throw my 5p in - marcusm, 02/15/05 04:41:51 AM
                                                                                                                PeacemakerOfTheGrandDuché - Gunter, 02/15/05 08:06:58 AM
                                                                                                                        Re: PeacemakerOfTheGrandDuché - marcusm, 02/16/05 04:41:50 AM
                My goodness! - Dick, 02/13/05 08:46:16 PM
                        Re: My goodness! - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 06:31:41 AM
                                Hi, Filip... - Dick, 02/14/05 10:52:58 AM
                                Radio - Ian, 02/14/05 07:07:14 AM
                                        Re: Radio - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 07:19:44 AM
                                                Re: Radio - John Sturm, 02/14/05 05:17:32 PM
                                                        Re: Radio - Filip Geerts, 02/14/05 05:51:51 PM
                                                                Re: Radio - John Sturm, 02/14/05 08:37:28 PM
                        Re: My goodness! - Reader of this thread (Tim L.), 02/13/05 11:45:20 PM
                                Re: My goodness! - , 02/14/05 09:56:13 AM
                                        Re: My goodness! - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 05:37:16 PM
                                        I think you are the Brit who lives in Brugge ..nfm - Ian, 02/15/05 06:16:49 AM
                                                Re: I think you are the Brit who lives in Brugge ..nfm - Teresa, 02/15/05 09:54:37 AM
                                                        Re: I think you are the Brit who lives in Brugge ..nfm - Ian, 02/15/05 11:26:19 AM
                                                                Re: I think you are the Brit who lives in Brugge ..nfm - Filip Geerts, 02/15/05 03:03:51 PM
                                        Ha! - John Sturm, 02/14/05 05:44:43 PM
                                        Anonomous notes also show true colors. nfm - SteveG, 02/14/05 12:07:00 PM
                                        Re: My goodness! - Gunter, 02/14/05 10:19:31 AM
                                        Lame - Bob Johnston, 02/14/05 10:07:04 AM
                                Nothing will remain as before - Joris P. Pattyn, 02/14/05 01:56:38 AM
                                        modest proposal, a.k.a. trip to hell - jg_eric, 02/15/05 01:03:44 AM
        Re: Eating and drinking in Brugge - updates from recent trip - Tim Lepley, 02/13/05 03:18:55 PM
        Re: Eating and drinking in Brugge - updates from recent trip - Rich Link, 02/12/05 01:47:41 PM
                Vlissinghe - Jeremy Gray, 02/12/05 01:58:40 PM

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