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Old 11-30-2004, 08:35 PM
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Re: Truely International?

An interesting suggestion, oddist, but I donít recommend doing this. Anne (bxl) uses French(?) as a first language, but has made the effort to communicate in English, and I do think that is the way to go.

I studied Spanish in American high school and German in college, in addition to passing a written graduate-level exam in translated, scientific French, with lots of freedom about resources. These efforts have been helpful, and with resources and time, I also have made basic sense of Italian and Russian scientific articles.

However, I donít think this is the way to go with an Internet forum. I have found useful online references in several languages through search resources, but the search engines also do basic translation on request, so only English is needed by the user. Certainly, we would get more discourse if we included other languages, but I think the confusion level would offset any advantages.
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