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Britons boring, French rude, Americans ignorant: poll

 
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 4 Apr, 2006 07:04 pm
France is a complex country with despicable pockets in the history satchel and truly grand ones. Tell me about some place of long history that doesn't have the first? Not so many have the second.

I expect to appreciate it if I ever manage to get there.
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Raphillon
 
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Reply Thu 6 Apr, 2006 08:10 am
ossobuco wrote:
When I got interested in italy (Italy) about two decades ago, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about it and noticed a general tendency among italians to not capitalize everything. Not sure if I'm right on my observation, just saying that was my take on my reading.


You are right. I'm often surprised on how much English language do capitalize, instead Smile

Generally Italians do not capitalize adjectives. For example:

"Gli Italiani"

but

"Il popolo italiano"

Ciao.
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Tico
 
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Reply Thu 6 Apr, 2006 08:23 am
I think English capitalizes as much as it does because of it's Teutonic base. Despite the widespread acceptance and adaptation of foreign words, with an exceptionally high French content (from the Norman conquest of England), English is essentially a Teutonic or Germanic language.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Apr, 2006 08:54 am
I suppose, German is somewhat inbetween all and everything. We don't capitalise adjectives as well, though.
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Tico
 
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Reply Thu 6 Apr, 2006 02:56 pm
Quote:
Ich nehme an, ist Deutscher inbetween ein wenig alle und alles. Wir schreiben nicht Adjektive au├čerdem, zwar gross.


But Walter, according to AltaVista's Babelfish, it appears that you do capitalize adjectives! :wink: Very Happy
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 Apr, 2006 03:01 pm
Babelfish didn't recognise the adjective and translated it as a subtantiv ("deutsch" adj., "Deutscher", subst.) :wink:
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Tico
 
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Reply Thu 6 Apr, 2006 07:15 pm
Sorry Walter, I actually meant the word "Adjektive" was capitalized in the German translation!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 7 Apr, 2006 12:51 am
Didn't get it Embarrassed Laughing
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