OpinionIt must be frustrating to have Internet access and not know English.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2008-10-25 at 11:13:09   (11 comments)

On 2008-10-25 at 11:16:30, Lee J Haywood wrote...
On the bright side, useful resources like Wikipedia are continually being translated into the most common languages of the world. And even if people in your own country aren't writing anything in your language, it's likely that another country is using the same language so you still end up with something.
On 2008-10-25 at 22:06:50, BorgClown wrote...
Sometimes I wish I knew Japanese or Russian. There's good and unusual content in those languages.
On 2008-10-26 at 13:56:05, Thewrit wrote...
it's like real life. today without english, doesn't matter where you live your opportunities are reduced.
On 2008-10-26 at 23:34:07, BorgClown wrote...
English is the Latin of this era
On 2008-10-26 at 23:41:20, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm pretty sure that there's a lot of Chinese content that we never see - a huge amount - which allows them to stick to their own language without needing English at all. And now that DNS is going to support Unicode (or something along those lines), English isn't so important.
On 2008-10-27 at 00:41:29, Thewrit wrote...
well lee, i am not so sure about this. i heard not just one time about china adopt our alphabet, which i think shows their intention understand the western world (english mostly).
On 2008-10-27 at 09:08:56, Lee J Haywood wrote...
There are plenty of educated Chinese who use English to gain access to Western ideas and technology, and use it to run businesses and improve the economy, etc. But there's also a huge number of teenagers, etc., who use Chinese-only sites that we never see. For example, http://www.baidu.com is their equivalent of Google and yet we'd never use it or its results because they're very focused on Chinese language sites. You may have watched English TV on http://www.youku.com/ but take a look at the main page - both the descriptions and videos are Chinese. These are huge things - there's probably a lot more Chinese Internet users than you ever realised, because they don't bother with English-only sites. http://www.internetworldstats.com/top20.htm
On 2008-10-27 at 14:51:56, Thewrit wrote...
wow, i would never say they are in the top. who would guess such thing, hope i'm not the only.
On 2008-10-27 at 23:11:08, BorgClown wrote...
I never thought they were the #1. Also, I didn't expect to see my country in the top 20. Live and learn. Also, WTF with Pakistan? 13,000% increase in 8 years!
On 2008-10-27 at 23:51:03, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The page for Pakistan says that "by early 2006 Internet penetration remained low", although I'd say going from almost nothing to 12 million users in 6 years is pretty good going. If it is 'low', then I suppose the percentage figure isn't as meaningful as for other countries - but it seems a bit suspicious.
On 2008-10-28 at 18:14:16, BorgClown wrote...
If they use dial up, that number is credible if Pakistan just started to provide access. That is, if they already had standalone computers.