English First - Nashville

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Jan 11 22:55:57 UTC 2009

I find this difficult to believe. It would surprise me if it weren't
the case that applying the same criteria to the US would find that
America has the largest population of French speakers in the world.
After all, we do say adieu, double entendre, prix fixe, moi?, etc. BB

On Jan 11, 2009, at 11:58 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> Not to mention that English is the (foreign) language of choice
> world-wide. Isn't China reputed to be the largest English-speaking
> country after our own?
> -Wilson
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 9:00 AM, David Metevia <djmetevia at chartermi.net
> > wrote:
>> From today's NYT:
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/us/11english.html
>> Councilman Eric Crafton hopes to make Nashville the largest city in
>> the
>> United States to prohibit the government from using languages other
>> than
>> English.
>> I don't understand the concern as we will continue to be an English
>> language country as long as the majority of the population is
>> monolingual.

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