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Re: language

>>Carlo Caballero:
>>>Adriano is very gracious in his consideration for us Anglophone
>>>subscribers to XyWrite. But I would prefer to see subscribers write in
>>>language in which they are most comfortable--including Italian. In
>>>it is usually the custom to write a foreigner in your own
>>>accept your correspondent's right to do the same.
>>Er det sandt? Det vidste jeg slet ikke. Nu haaber jeg bar at mine
>>finske venner ikke finder ud af dette... :-)
>>--Rene von Rentzell, Tokyo 
>Since I use XyWrite 3.54 (and sometimes 4) to translate from 9
>European languages into English, I will render von Rentzell into
>English as: "Is this true? I was not aware of it. I sure hope that
>my Finnish friends do not find out about it....:-)"
>He is right that this custom is not equilateral. Danes, Norwegians
>and Swedes can correspond in this manner among themselves, and
>perhaps French and Spanish might be widely accepted. But I know that
>for those whose native language is Portuguese, Dutch or Greek, much
>less Finnish, this does not work with any partner. Jonathan
>Jonathan D. Beard

I had thought originally to keep my nose out of this troublesome debate.
But then I realized the debate would not be happening if we had not
agreed upon some common language for communication.


Shawn Harrison
Associate Editor
Tyndale House Publishers
"The legal system is not fun, but it *is* an improvement
over duels and feuds." --Harvey Harrison, attorney