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Previous Entry English contries privilege Mar. 4th, 2006 @ 01:46 pm Next Entry
"Hello, I'm new to this community..."

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...
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Date:March 4th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Oh My God! You're Microsoft!

I couldn't resist, I'm sorry.
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Date:March 5th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
I can assume that everyone knows and/or is learning my language and that if i say things loud enough or clearly enough they will be understood.

:) great list though!
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Date:March 20th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
Good points. Of course, some of the assumptions will be wrong, but that's the fascinating thing about privilege - they can consider anyone challenging those assumptions a bit nutty!
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