Posted: 27 May 2011 at 5:26pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades
Originally posted by debayon
On the other hand, despite the changing times, English is still a language of the elites, per se. I mean, if you go to a lower middle class or lower class family and converse in English, they might screw up on proper structure etc...I don't mean to put it as a problem in India, because India is certainly better off than some first world countries like Spain, France etc, where you'd be fortunate to find a English speaker. Just stating the facts.
I can't speak for Spain, but many French people actually know English very well (barring accents). The problem with French people is that they take so much pride in French that they often refuse to speak in English, especially to those they deem obnoxious tourists or Americans.
From feedback with Spanish, Mexican and Polish people, many avoid talking in English especially to Americans because they feel they are being judged over their accents and pronunciations.
According to international tourism surveys Americans, Japanese and Indians are the most xenophobic tourists and have the hardest time communicating and assimilating due to their inabilities to open up to a different culture. On the other hand Dutch, Israelis, and Scandinavians are most embracing and report least communication issues.
The language barrier in speaking English tends not to be an education issue, but also an issue of cross-cultural communication and perception as well.
Indians and xenophobic? Haha, so true
Anyways, I agree about the French with what you said, they are indeed too proud and not just with Americans, any tourists. That's why the Vietnamese had a hard time assimilating there
Hence, the stereotype "French hate everyone; everyone hates French"
Well, my parents don't have an American accent, so yeah, dunno how they would feel vulnerable like that. Wonder why so much ego..maybe WWII led to increased nationalism. Hmmm, anyways, sorry for going off topic
Edited by debayon - 27 May 2011 at 5:26pm