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Novorossitov
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What is YN's largest foreign language?

Postby Novorossitov » Tue May 30, 2017 11:36 am

What is YN's largest foreign language, as in any major language that did not originate in your nation.

Novorossitov's largest foreign language, excluding the primary languages of the historical colonies that make up Novorossitov today, would be Polish, spoken by 1% of Novorossitov's population and brought by Polish colonists to the historical Russo-Swedish colony of Novorossitov when Poland was under Russo-Swedish control.
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The Islands of Versilia
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Postby The Islands of Versilia » Tue May 30, 2017 11:38 am

English is our largest foreign language, at 48% speaking it fluently.
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The Alexandrian Polis
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Postby The Alexandrian Polis » Tue May 30, 2017 11:38 am

Arabic, as is probably expected. Latin and Greek are both the required languages to know, so Arabic.
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Great Karoo
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Postby Great Karoo » Tue May 30, 2017 11:53 am

Well, English. As for languages that aren't an official language, German. Most German speaking Karoosians live near the Namibia-Great Karoo border, especially in places like Springbok, Upington and the border towns of
Rietfontein and Alexander Bay.
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Karelo-Finland
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Postby Karelo-Finland » Tue May 30, 2017 12:29 pm

Russian, with 20% of the population speaking it.
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Auzkhia
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Postby Auzkhia » Tue May 30, 2017 12:56 pm

English, French (although, it is a minority language in Alsace-Lorraine and Luxembourg), Spanish, Russian, and Esperanto are some of the most commonly studied foreign languages, but English is by far the most studied foreign language, due to it being an important language for international business and diplomacy. However, many Auzkhians grow up bilingual, so for many, English is a third, fourth, or even fifth language. If official languages were included, Hungarian, Czech, German Polish, Croatian, and Italian would all be the most commonly learned languages. German still serves as a de facto lingua franca, but some Auzkhians used English to cross linguistic barriers, as it is a neutral language, since we are not an Anglophone country, and most native English speakers are expatriates from Britain and America.

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TURTLESHROOM II
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Postby TURTLESHROOM II » Tue May 30, 2017 1:20 pm

Japanese, followed closely by Tsao.
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Postby Gandoor » Tue May 30, 2017 1:35 pm

Well, excluding our official languages (since they didn't originate in Gandoor), the most widely spoken foreign language in Gandoor is Korean, which is spoken by 19% of the population.
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Khodoristan
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Postby Khodoristan » Tue May 30, 2017 3:37 pm

English is the sole official language and is the mother tongue of over 95% of Khodorans. Russian is the largest foreign language in Khodoristan. About 12% of Khodorans speak Russian, mostly by those of Russian, Jewish, Ukrainian, and Polish descent. However, English is still dominant as the first language among these communities and their rates of English proficiency are on par with other Khodoran ethnicities.
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The Transylvanian States
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Postby The Transylvanian States » Tue May 30, 2017 3:50 pm

Well English by that description would be the biggest

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Schnitzengrubenstein
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Postby Schnitzengrubenstein » Tue May 30, 2017 3:52 pm

For us, the answer would be:

1) English alongside [Mandarin] Chinese
2) French
3) Italian
4) Varying Chinese dialects (mostly Cantonese & Shanghai ('shah-ng -hai') forms)
5) Korean, although more people know/read the script and even use it for other languages.
5) Russian
6) Other Slavic languages (notably Polish & Ukrainian)
7) Arabic
8) Turkish
9) Other Semetic-based languages (Notably Hebrew/Yiddish)
10) Spanish
11) Japanese

Depending on the definitions, these may be in a different order.

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What is interesting is that Chinese and English are roughly about the same, however, there is very good use for Chinese including for purposes of nuance, abstraction, and alongside specification.

The use of Chinese is especially of interest in terms of academics, sociocultural, and intellectual purposes. What is of considerable focus are the cliffs in use, which can be considered a myriad of things including audiograms, pictograms, [abstract] logograms, and much more to even include phonetic aides. What is particularly interesting is that the characters themselves are quite graphemic, and can be used for not only specific logic/reason, but may also be used for fuzzy logic applications as well. While there can be much more said, it is important to note that the language is in fact multi dimensional from each glyph to perhaps much more meta-levels. The point is that the language is very graphical, as each character can be likened to a graph, yet the patterns of discernible reason can also work in systems. The language appears to be quite systemic in such ways by placing great importance put upon patterns on many levels, weather between a group of symbols, parts of speech, sentences, paragraphs, and/or perhaps even beyond that.

While the language generally does not move towards using alphabetic writing, the script can be supplemented with alphabetic systems whether they be Korean Hangul, Chinese phonetic symbols, and/or various other spelling systems. Use of such symbols can also be helpful to those educated, as they can help with clarifications by encoding high information richness much like pictures while still maintaining abstraction. They can be helpful with visualization, and can be especially useful for abbreviations (there should be a Factbook entry on this if interested).
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Postby Vallermoore » Tue May 30, 2017 3:56 pm

Equis, the language of the many sapient ponies in our nation.

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Soulsilver
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Postby Soulsilver » Tue May 30, 2017 6:56 pm

French, English as well as Klingon for the national government

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Les Guyanes
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Postby Les Guyanes » Tue May 30, 2017 7:05 pm

1. French (>90%)
2. English (75-85%)
3. Portuguese (60-75%)
4. Spanish (60%-70%)
5. Dutch (55-60%)


6. Italian (15-20%)
7. Arabic (10-15%)
8. Guarani (5-10%)


*official languages are bolded, not counted as foreign and in parenthesis is % of Guyanais that are fluent
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Anollasia
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Postby Anollasia » Tue May 30, 2017 7:24 pm

Well, two of our official languages are technically foreign in the sense that they did not originate here (English and Turkish). English is the most widely spoken of them.

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Postby Dogek » Tue May 30, 2017 9:04 pm

The official language is German and Dogeki, with 82% of the population being able to speak German and 90% for Dogeki. The most common foreign language is Russian with 72% of the population being able to speak it. Other common languages are English with 56% and Ukrainian with 41%
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Postby Thermodolia » Tue May 30, 2017 10:29 pm

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Hashitoro
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Postby Hashitoro » Wed May 31, 2017 4:56 am

Chinese

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Kirav
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Postby Kirav » Wed May 31, 2017 9:02 am

The foreign language most commonly studied and spoken as a second language by Kiravians is Modern Ixnayan Latin, followed by Ábciwidar, Greek, Azikorian, English, Spanish, and Italian.

Portuguese is also widely studied as a second language, but it is not considered a "foreign" language per se, as it is spoken natively by the Tryhstian minority in Kiravia and has official status in the Tryhstian Littoral autonomous territory.

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Maichuko
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Postby Maichuko » Wed May 31, 2017 11:00 am

German 10%
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Estainia
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Postby Estainia » Wed May 31, 2017 1:41 pm

The largest foreign language in the Empire is according to the Imperial Census, Belkan, spoken by 5% of the population as their first tongue. However as Belkans are a fellow Imperial People it is not considered foreign.
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Wineland
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Postby Wineland » Wed May 31, 2017 2:13 pm

English and German.
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Welskerland
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Postby Welskerland » Wed May 31, 2017 4:12 pm

Vietnamese due to a vast influx of Vietnamese immigrants. English is the most common foreign language spoken by government officials.
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Independent Hold of Whiterun
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Postby Independent Hold of Whiterun » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:14 am

The largest foreign language of Whiterun would have to be the Nordic language which is spoken by the majority of the populace.
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Cottony
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Postby Cottony » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:44 am

Hard to say. French, I guess. It is a national language, but did not originate here. Outside Dirlandic and its influences, Swedish, surprisingly.

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