Foreign language use discussion - summary to date

Alexandre Rafalovitch

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To all,

Thank you very much for taking my interest to heart and providing
detailed (in Richard's case extremely detailed) notes. This is the
summary of what I saw so far:

1) If a country had any exposure to English at all via geographical or
social means, English is considered primary language, especially for
the step and formation names.

2) However, local language explanations and/or demonstration would be
used to compensate for the fact that the English step/formation names
don't really make sense. This issue is of especial impact on
beginners. This, I think, is an interesting topic and perhaps separate
thread can discuss whether there is a low-hanging fruit to make this
bit easier (web based dictionary of non-English explanations perhaps?)

3) Pillings is used, but from the sound of it, not as much as I
thought originally. At least it is found to be fairly confusing as
well (this was already discussed before, I believe).

I am still extremely curious to hear from anybody's experience with
cultures where Engilsh is a very foreign language: Japan, China,
Russia, Iraq. I realise people from those cultures may not be on this
mailing list. If you know of any such however and could serve as a
bridge to them, I think it would be valuable to hear their opinion.

Alex.
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