Five Weird Languages

I dropped a line to Damian, the Australian guy I mentioned in my previous post, and he certainly has quite an order on his hands. Of the five languages in which the site in question has to be published, only one uses the alphabet we all know and love.

As he put it, that’s one of the joys of living in Oceania. But it got me thinking, though, about how being anglophone in that part of the world mustn’t be dissimilar to being francophone in North America. I believe there are fewer than 10 million francophones in Canada and the United States, which is less than 5 percent of the continent’s population. While English is spoken in countries around Australia, the fact remains it has 3 of the most populous countries in the world nearby — China, India, and Indonesia — where English is not the primary language.

Talk about being dwarfed!

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  1. It’s nice to see that I’ve been upgraded from “some guy” to “Damian”.

    There has been such an increase in the general Asian population here in Australia that our primary (elementary) schools have been teaching the basics of Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese for a while now.

    From a technical perspective I know how I want this web site to function but it’s a little beyond my control as the client has set a really tight deadline. I often battle with my desire to do something well instead of just completed.

    I’m working on this site with a group of people I’ve worked with before and I completely understand your reservation in “opening” your code for external eyes. I suffer from your ‘imposter syndrome’ all too often, but my partner slaps me (not literally) into recognising that every skill I use is based from my varied experiences and I should be pleased with being able to do what I can.

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