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(The Local)   Swedes best in world at English. United Statez does rank like eigth or something   (thelocal.se) divider line 88
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2013-11-08 11:55:43 PM
Helvete!
 
2013-11-09 12:16:22 AM
Good. Who wants to have to go to Switzerland and speak their stupid language.
 
2013-11-09 02:28:27 AM
It's partly because they have subititled tv like the Dutch, instead of dubbed tv like the Germans.
 
2013-11-09 02:29:05 AM
subtitled, rather.
 
2013-11-09 02:29:06 AM
werds r hard

just like when your mom wears that 'special outfit'


giggity
 
2013-11-09 02:29:08 AM

bdub77: Good. Who wants to have to go to Switzerland and speak their stupid language.


Swedes are from Swaziland.

Moran.
 
2013-11-09 02:30:44 AM
Bork?
 
2013-11-09 02:36:14 AM
I love swede potatoes
 
2013-11-09 02:37:04 AM
I (currently) live in a 'city' of 10-14k (including surrounding area), 'upstate' New York, and while there are plenty of well-educated people here, there are also plenty who make Sesame Street look like higher learning.
 
2013-11-09 02:38:24 AM
This study is am dildos.
 
2013-11-09 02:39:12 AM

Fo Shiz: Helvete!


I think you'll find it's "Helvetica".
 
2013-11-09 02:40:19 AM
wuh?  Who defines what a language IS if not for the native speakers.  How can you be anything other than number one? Sounds like a load of bullox. Cheerios.
 
2013-11-09 02:41:28 AM
assets.diylol.com
 
2013-11-09 02:41:30 AM
Toetal Rubish:

I give you Xhibit A: 'ᗅᗺᗷᗅ'

The correck speling is ABBA.  I rest my case.
 
2013-11-09 02:44:01 AM
Not really related but found this on the same GIS

4.bp.blogspot.com

Who wants an ObamaJob?
 
2013-11-09 02:45:11 AM
Who cares about their stupid fyords anyway.  Its not like herring-breath King Olaf rules theworld.
 
2013-11-09 02:46:58 AM
img.fark.net
 
2013-11-09 02:47:06 AM
English Proficiency Index from language education company Education First (EF), which was founded in Sweden

Stopped reading there.
 
2013-11-09 02:51:13 AM
They're still pussies at hockey.
 
2013-11-09 02:53:57 AM
img109.imageshack.us
 
2013-11-09 02:54:48 AM
Big deal. If it wasn't for their hot coco or well made army knives the country would not be well known.
 
2013-11-09 02:54:50 AM
FTFA:

The language test quizzed 750,000 people from 60 countries around the world, and the Nordic nations scored prominently, with Norway placing second, followed by the Netherlands, Estonia, Denmark, Austria and Finland.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the only countries participating are ones that Great Britain didn't conquer well enough.  Note lack of Canada, Austrailia, South Africa.....England.
 
2013-11-09 02:56:04 AM

danielscissorhands: subtitled, rather.


nicely played
 
2013-11-09 02:56:40 AM
Subby, it wood have been funnier if you had put some on purpose englush typos in the headline.
 
2013-11-09 03:03:50 AM

elguerodiablo: Not really related but found this on the same GIS

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x231]

Who wants an ObamaJob?


I raise you:

i391.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-09 03:07:28 AM
Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Go plow yo momma!
 
2013-11-09 03:07:41 AM
Oh, ja. Mynd you, English quizzes Kan be pretty nasti.
 
2013-11-09 03:08:15 AM
i.imgur.com
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25.media.tumblr.com

i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-11-09 03:20:58 AM
I was going to post a funny picture, so I did a Google Image search for Miss Sweden.
imageshack.us
 
2013-11-09 03:31:27 AM

Mad Scientist:


my brain stalled when I first saw that image

/'MURRICA!
 
2013-11-09 03:34:02 AM

Drubell: bdub77: Good. Who wants to have to go to Switzerland and speak their stupid language.

Swedes are from Swaziland.

Moran.


Good lord, do you not see the point of the headline?  stop putting Zs in words with no Zs, youins are making our country look bad.
 
2013-11-09 03:36:58 AM
But in seriousness, this is the opinion of a swedish company selling education to swedes.

"look how good we are"

There is no criteria listed.
 
2013-11-09 03:47:39 AM

SamFlagg: FTFA:

The language test quizzed 750,000 people from 60 countries around the world, and the Nordic nations scored prominently, with Norway placing second, followed by the Netherlands, Estonia, Denmark, Austria and Finland.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the only countries participating are ones that Great Britain didn't conquer well enough.  Note lack of Canada, Austrailia, South Africa.....England.


If you think the average South African citizen can speak any kind of understandable English then i have news for you, sonny.
 
2013-11-09 03:54:38 AM
When my friend and I were in Sweden, many years ago and mostly around Stockholm, people seemed embarrassed to speak English in front of us.  We assured them that their English was just fine.  One of the guys sounded like farkin' Harry Potter if that gives you any idea as to how "broken" most people's English was.  We felt like we should be asking them "Umm, how's our English?"
 
2013-11-09 03:58:22 AM
Which version of English? My brother gave me several books from where they taught him English and it was full of funny words like "Lift", "Pram", "Lorrie", and "chips" when referring to french fries...

My nieces, however, got in trouble from their English teacher for speaking American English, after spending part of the summer over here... I was so proud of them...
 
2013-11-09 04:03:53 AM
Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yer?

See the løveli lakes

The wonderful telephøne system

And mani interesting furry animals

Including the majestik møøse

A Møøse once bit my sister...

No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink"...
 
2013-11-09 04:07:26 AM
Yumpin' yiminy
 
2013-11-09 04:20:48 AM

I sound fat: But in seriousness, this is the opinion of a swedish company selling education to swedes.

"look how good we are"

There is are no criteria listed.


FTFY.
 
2013-11-09 04:25:14 AM
Data collection doesn't pass muster.   One survey was open on the internet to anyone i.e. no proof they are actually from the claimed country.   The other survey was made up of people who had signed up for English classes i.e. excludes people who have no interest in learning new languages i.e. country bumpkin dorks who barely speak their own language.  

In general Germany (14) should be higher.  Belgium (13) no farkin way.  Portugal (17) no farkin way. Italy (32) and France (35) should be a bit higher but not much.  Multilingualism in Europe is generally way overstated and overrated.
 
2013-11-09 04:40:09 AM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: They're still pussies at hockey.


Just the Sedins...

Swedes make me smile...See
 
2013-11-09 04:40:19 AM

Arcturus72: Which version of English? My brother gave me several books from where they taught him English and it was full of funny words like "Lift", "Pram", "Lorrie", and "chips" when referring to french fries...

My nieces, however, got in trouble from their English teacher for speaking American English, after spending part of the summer over here... I was so proud of them...


I teach English in Russia with British books. As an American it can lead to some weirdness. For example, one of my teenage classes just got to a American versus British section where they had to decide which word was from where. They picked all the British words as American because I always use them in class. It was surprisingly hard to explain the only reason I say "on holiday" in class is because the book does, and that I die a little on the inside every I do.
 
2013-11-09 04:42:18 AM

Arcturus72: Which version of English? My brother gave me several books from where they taught him English and it was full of funny words like "Lift", "Pram", "Lorrie", and "chips" when referring to french fries...


You don't know what "lift" means? Really?

"Pram" is a contraction of "perambulator".

The origin of the word "lorry" seems to be uncertain, but online entomology dictionaries suggest that it comes from "lurry", cited in the 1570s.

And chips? A recent fark thread suggested that the American translation would be "steak cut fries" or perhaps "home fries"? French fries are tiny ickle things compared to chips.

My nieces, however, got in trouble from their English teacher for speaking American English, after spending part of the summer over here... I was so proud of them...

It seems strange that you'd take pride in having a limited understanding of English.

But, it takes all sorts I suppose.

/You could do with a refresher course on punctuation too, by the way.
 
2013-11-09 04:45:11 AM
Wow, I started the drinking a little too early today
 
2013-11-09 04:51:24 AM

jchuffyman: They picked all the British words as American because I always use them in class. It was surprisingly hard to explain the only reason I say "on holiday" in class is because the book does, and that I die a little on the inside every I do.


When you have a heart attack right there in class from all the cognitive dissonance, will you be taken to hospital, or to THE hospital?
 
2013-11-09 04:56:14 AM

cryinoutloud: jchuffyman: They picked all the British words as American because I always use them in class. It was surprisingly hard to explain the only reason I say "on holiday" in class is because the book does, and that I die a little on the inside every I do.

When you have a heart attack right there in class from all the cognitive dissonance, will you be taken to hospital, or to THE hospital?


I would imagine that in England, all hospitals are all equally crappy, while in the states, 'hospital' could refer to the local crappy state-run/ghetto hospital, while 'THE' hospital might refer to the good Jew hospital.

/always, if you have the chance, go to the Jew hospital
 
2013-11-09 04:58:55 AM

iron de havilland: I sound fat: But in seriousness, this is the opinion of a swedish company selling education to swedes.

"look how good we are"

There is are no criteria listed.

FTFY.


good catch.. are you Swazili?
 
2013-11-09 04:59:59 AM

seventypercent: [img109.imageshack.us image 500x389]


i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-09 05:07:22 AM

cryinoutloud: jchuffyman: They picked all the British words as American because I always use them in class. It was surprisingly hard to explain the only reason I say "on holiday" in class is because the book does, and that I die a little on the inside every I do.

When you have a heart attack right there in class from all the cognitive dissonance, will you be taken to hospital, or to THE hospital?


Now that is one I don't use, because it just sounds too weird to me. Just like the British tendency to treat collective nouns as a "they". My family are......
 
2013-11-09 05:13:30 AM
This appeared on my facebook news feed today:
Retweeted Wolvereen (@ImWolvereen):

sad stori:

dokter: i hav sum teribel newz abowt ur babi
gerl: wut iz it?
dokter: he wuz born witowt sweg

rt if u cri evrytiem


I... uhh... what?
 
2013-11-09 05:20:07 AM
www.majhost.com
 
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