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12 Sep

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 100 23:42:39 -0700
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Subject: Polyglottism

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A Swiss man visiting Sydney, Australia pulls up at a bus stop where two
locals are waiting.  "Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he
asks.  The two Aussies just stare at him.  "Excusez-moi, parlez vous
Francais?" he tries.  The two continue to stare blankly.  "Parlare
Italiano?"  No response.  "Hablan ustedes Espanol?"  Still nothing.  The
Swiss guy gives up and drives off.
    The first Aussie turns to the second and says, "Y'know, maybe we should
learn a foreign language."  "What for?" says the other.  "That guy knew
four languages, and it didn't do him any good!"

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