Well, I was looking for a page on privileges of people living in English speaking countries - and I could find none. So someone suggested I try to write one myself.
I hoped this would be a good place to find help compiling it.
So far I have:
- All computer systems were built around my language, and hence work easily in my language even at the most basic level
- I can expect any new software/hardware that comes out to immediately work flawlessly with my language, and to interact with other software/hardware without messing up any text I might have.
- When updating software I can assume it was thoroughly tested and will not mess up any data I might have.
- I can consider only forums / chats in my language as worth joining.
- I can assume that the level of a persons language on such forums to be a good gage to their intelligence.
- I can go about my whole life, if I so choose, without learning a second language. I certainly don't have to be fluent in one.
- When doing international business I can assume all parties will speak my language.
- If not - I can assume they will make any necessary arrangements so I can understand them.
- When traveling abroad I can assume I'll get by speaking only my language.
- I can consider as rude or even arrogant if people in other countries refuse to speak to me in my language, or at least make an effort to do so.
- I can assume that anything worth reading is available in my language.
- I can assume anything which doesn't translate well to my language as not worth reading.
- I can assume the difference between languages is just a cosmetic one - that there is a simple translation for each word one just needs to learn.
That's it for now. Any thoughts? Any comments? Any additions?
This is actually kind of important to me...