We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sam ... Let me take a stab at it in English spelling: tromp [as in tromp, tromp, tromp, the boys are marching] loy [don't pronounce the second 'l']. 'Tromp loy.' So that would be close enough for government work, and most folks would guess what you mean. Americans with French background are pretty forgiving, if they want to conduct a conversation.
OK buddy ... Here's another one for you. How do you pronounce Neuilly?
See, I took French in high school, a hundred or so years ago, and never spoke it. Had a "reading knowledge of French" as my foreign language requirement to graduate from college, but again, never spoke it except to order from menus in fancy restaurants in places like New Orleans. And most Texans [other than yourself, my friend] think it's a fancy-pants language even when they happen to work for Schlumberger as my husband did once, which we, perforce, pronounce 'Schlumberjay,' or they wouldn't talk to us or pay us our employee checks.
Folks like yourself prove how glorious American education once was, before the politically correct teachers' unions decided to remove 'unnecessary courses' to make room for 'gender studies' and other important stuff like that. This ruthless editing of courses in our schools to make room to insert important things like instruction on the history of Mali, and "women are, too, important and vital." instruction are part of the dumbing down of high school education. No more civics courses, no more language courses except Spanish, no more American history courses.
My dearest wish, looking back, is that I wish I had studied Spanish instead of French, which would be a lot more useful in today's world. I might be able to understand Sonia Sotomayor better.
The top ten languages of the world are as follows (in order of first-speaking population):
Chinese (Mandarin) 13.69%
Chinese Wu 1.21%
Not in the top 10:
Arabic 1.08% (divided into many, not mutually intelligible dialects, not in the top 10 but perhaps more useful than Bengali.
"Now students have discovered Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Japanese--the languages half the world's population actually speaks"
Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese combined only account for 16.76%, not “half the world’s population”. Also, it ought to be taken into account that these languages are considered very difficult even for seasoned professional linguists. When it comes to the average college student, they perform far below even an average student in languages such as Spanish and French.
Combined with 2nd language speakers of these languages, the percentages are as follows:
Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese = 23.45% when 2nd language speakers are included, nowhere near 50%.
It should also be kept in mind that 2nd language learners rarely, even after years of study, attain any real level of fluency in English, Japanese, Chinese or Arabic. That holds true for just about any L2 learner, but these are always at the top of that list. There is also a huge difference between a 2nd language speaker and a 2nd language (L2) learner.
yes'm Spanish is mightily more helpful than French --at least down here in your and my quadrant. I hired to a Venuezelan outfit, once upon a time in the oilpatch, under the recruiter's promise that 'everyone speaks English' in the area i was to help train some techies. Turns out, after flying Victoria to Houston, Houston/Miami, Miami/Caracas, Cararcas/Maricaibo, Maricaibo/Anaco, Anaco/El Tigre, El Tigre choppering out into the deep jungle, where they dropped me off and flew away, there was a big Santa Fe rig drilling away with not a soul on board who spoke english. They were already deep, hot, and high pressure on a rank wildcat, and there i was, the techie supposed to control that pressure with the drilling fluid --and i didn't speak a word of Spanish. And it was 2:00 A.M., "drlg ahead" as they say. Talk about learn Spanish in a hurry, i bet i set a record.
Ain't that the way? I mean about getting to work at 2AM after having flown and waited in airports for 24 hours so that you are keeping your eyelids open with toothpicks. Once it was Seattle - Miami - Paramaribo - jungle in my case. Jeep over dirt road to the minesite. "So glad you are here. Well, lets get to it, shall we?"