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Comment: What do I have to say to the public? (Score 1) 210

by realkiwi (#48873361) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

I am not the kind of person to stand up on a soap box at Hyde Park Corner. So why would I post to the public? I do it to promote my boat building web site, period. Everything else I have to say is reserved for "family" or "friends" or other special interest groups/comunities.

Hey doesn't that sound a lot like "social media"?

Comment: Re:Chinese that speak English (Score 1) 578

by realkiwi (#48723657) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

The global 1% are bilingual (at least) They have studied languages because their parents can afford to send them overseas to expensive schools.

The hip Chinese kids are just being snobs when they speak in English in their home country. Elite Western kids speak French when they are in Paris and Spanish when they are in Madrid. I bet if they are in a French restaurant in New York city they are even capable of speaking French there too...

Your theory is BS

Comment: Sure, sure English will rule the world (Score 4, Interesting) 578

by realkiwi (#48723601) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

First of all do not confuse language and dialects. People around here speak Basque, one of those tiny languages which are gong to disappear according to some. But young people here are becoming more and more interested by their cultural heritage and more and more are learning Basque. That is because there is a unification of the several Basque dialects into a single language understood and spoken by all. Dialects have disappeared or are disappearing but the language is reinforced

English is my mother tongue but where I live I had to learn another language, French, in which I am fully bilingual. Right now I am learning Spanish because I live 11 km from the border and it is quite handy. My girlfriend speaks French, Spanish and Basque and has decided to learn some English. Many Europeans speak several languages and it doesn't seem to be an issue for them.

Comment: I have used it to learn Spanish (Score 2) 75

by realkiwi (#47383353) Attached to: Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

Working nights in a hotel (read "lots of spare time") I decided to learn Spanish. I live 11km from Spain so it is kind of usefull... Last night a Spanish guy said I spoke real good Spanish for someone who learnt from an internet site on his own.

I guess that is an endorsement of the quality of Duolongo lessons.

Comment: Re:Mark sees a future without Facebook (Score 1) 199

by realkiwi (#46293009) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

You thinking that people over 35 are old means you are very soon going to be in hot water. Breaking news: you are going to be joining us the "uncool" RSN!

My young adult kids think I'm cool and that is all that really matters when you are "old". I always thought that facebook was a load of crap and have never bothered with it.

Comment: Of course there are exceptions... (Score 2) 147

by realkiwi (#45724601) Attached to: Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

Born and raised a NZ farmers son I have been allergic (pollen) and suffered from asthma (allergic not chronic) all my life. I grew up surrounded by dirty dogs and more sheep and cattle than most people will ever see in a whole lifetime.

Did the fact that precautions were not taken with farm chemicals back then have something to do with the allergy. I have been exposed to DDT, pesticides, feretilizers, you name it.

So OK maybe this works in a city environnement with kids that live in a modern hyper clean envirronment and who eat agro-industry cr@p er sorry food. Didn't work for this farmers son.

Comment: Re:That's sorta up to you; (Score 1) 314

by realkiwi (#43678291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

I'm calling BS on this, sorry! I learnt my second language at over 21. I'm learning a third one right now. I have no problem with languages. Accents you work on if you have the time.

I learnt progamming at over 30. The PC came on the market when I was over 30... I'm still learning. It depends on the individual. Some people can, others can't.

If I had stuck with what Iearned before 14 I would be a sheep farmer. That was all there was in my neck of the woods.

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