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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Grop » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:53 pm UTC

Carlington (The Aussie) wrote:Either this is brilliant satire, or there are actually two countries called France, and I was in the wrong one.


Ah, nobody claimed this was about France, all we can infer is that they speak French is this place Menacing Spike is talking about. Also the most aggressive people there seem to wear berets.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Carlington » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:49 am UTC

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Carlington (The Aussie) wrote:Either this is brilliant satire, or there are actually two countries called France, and I was in the wrong one.


Ah, nobody claimed this was about France, all we can infer is that they speak French is this place Menacing Spike is talking about. Also the most aggressive people there seem to wear berets.

Reading the post, I see one reference to a "frenchman", two to "frenchmen", one to "the French" and one to "frenchwomen". But, I do take your point, not every country that speaks French is necessarily France, and it's not good to imply that this is true.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Grop » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:52 pm UTC

My bad, I searched for France and forgot about these words you mentioned.

Also today, before going out and meeting other French people, I made sure I knew quite a few French insults, but I had no need for them. Although one woman wore a beret.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Carlington » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:05 am UTC

Grop wrote:My bad, I searched for France and forgot about these words you mentioned.

Also today, before going out and meeting other French people, I made sure I knew quite a few French insults, but I had no need for them. Although one woman wore a beret.

In my experience, the only French word anybody really needs to learn is "putain"

EDIT: poxic is right, don't actually just shout French curses. It's not as effective as you'd think. I learnt this.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby poxic » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:20 am UTC

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Re: Questions For The World

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby thalia » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:30 pm UTC

setzer777 wrote:Question for anyone multilingual:

Do specific tones of voice convey the same emotions in different languages?


I am sure someone's answered this, but nooooooo. Not at all. You have to listen to how they convey emotion and copy it. I've lived in 3 countries and trust me, it can create some major cultural misunderstandings.. for instance, when I did my exchange year in England, if I would talk in a Norwegian tone of voice I'd sound impatient and impertinent (Norwegians tend to raise their pitch at the end of a sentence). And in Poland it is all kinds of different, too. When I first came here I thought they were all angry, always. But they aren't.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby freezeblade » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:50 pm UTC

Carlington (The Aussie) wrote:Either this is brilliant satire, or there are actually two countries called France, and I was in the wrong one.


Bloody brilliant. Left me dying at work, everyone looking at me like I was a raving madman. I don't understand much french, but what words/bits of culture resonate with Spanish (which I'm far more familiar with), this was very well written.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Zarq » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:49 am UTC

Question for the college students here: how many hours of class do you have in an average week?
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby freezeblade » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:55 am UTC

Zarq wrote:Question for the college students here: how many hours of class do you have in an average week?


When I was in school two years ago (Architectural Design in the US) The typical week had 26-30 hours of classes, depending on your course load. Granted that 10 of these hours were "studio classes" and an architectural design major has a different set-up than typical colleges.
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Postby yurell » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:58 am UTC

0 hrs now (entirely research for the second half of Honours), was c. 15 hrs when class was on, but in first year I was doing closer to 40.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Shivahn » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:01 am UTC

It depended entirely on whether there were lab classes or not -_-

But in general: a minimum full-time student load was 12 quarter units, most people took 16ish, and you had to petition to take 20. Every four quarter units was.. 50*3+50=200 minutes a week. I think. So that is actually only 600 or 800 minutes (10 to 13ish hours a week) for most students, but you're expected to do a great deal outside of class.

Sometimes you didn't have to go to the recitations, so that's more like 150 minutes a week, but that is variable based on class and competence (I missed some I should've gone to, but others were so easy that I was solving test problems in other ways because nothing interesting was happening during the recap)

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Zarq » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:21 am UTC

Can you put an estimate on how much work you have to do outside of class? I'm trying to determine if there is a difference between the college workload in the US and Belgium. For reference, this semester I have 22 hours of class a week (for the first 12 weeks, none for the last 7-8), and for every hour I'm expected to do 2 more at home (in total). (I'm not doing a full load by the way, it should be around 26).
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Dark Avorian » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:56 am UTC

I have 9 hours of class a week, plus 2 hours in problem/discussion sections, and a 4 hour lab, taking a load of three classes. But I do like 40 hours of homework a week easy.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Suzaku » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:12 am UTC

When I was at Uni (Oh so long ago) in Oz, a full-time course load was 40 Credit Points a semester. For most courses, one class was 10 CP (specialist courses, especially engineering and medicine were exceptions to this).
Usually, a 10 CP class meant one two-hour lecture and two or three one-hour tutorials in a week, for a total of four or five hours. So a full-time course would have 16 to 20 hours of contact time per week.
Most lecturers said they expected good students to do two hours homework or self study (including assignment prep) per hour of contact time. Which means that most normal to good students actually did about 1:1, making it about a 40-hour week.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Deva » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:19 am UTC

(United States of America) Averaged sixteen hours in class and 14.875 credits per semester. Heard "two hours of work per hour of class" also. Guesses one and a half hours of work per credit in reality. Varied between classes (and professors), however. Worked more in mathematics than anthropology.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Steax » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:18 am UTC

One culture told me "leave the toilet seat up, it shows the women that you didn't drip anything on the toilet seat, since they're going to be sitting there."
Another culture told me "leave the toilet seat down, it shows the women that you acknowledge them and that they are welcome to use the toilet."

Which one is more common, and what's the usual norm?
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Apparently Anonymous » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:51 am UTC

I've only ever heard "don't leave the seat up", so that people using the toilet later won't risk sitting down on the bowl itself in less observant moments.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby bentheimmigrant » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:00 am UTC

Zarq wrote:Can you put an estimate on how much work you have to do outside of class? I'm trying to determine if there is a difference between the college workload in the US and Belgium. For reference, this semester I have 22 hours of class a week (for the first 12 weeks, none for the last 7-8), and for every hour I'm expected to do 2 more at home (in total). (I'm not doing a full load by the way, it should be around 26).

I did Chemical Engineering, averaging 13-15 hours a week lectures (apart from the last semester, which was a design project and nothing else). We were advised to work at least 40 hours a week, total. I doubt many people did that. Personally, I put in at most 2 extra hours a week in first and second year, in terms of personal, non-marked study. For the final design project, I was working 40 hours a week for most of the semester, with 60-70 hour weeks near intermediate deadlines, culminating with an 80 hour week to finish it off.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby philsov » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:08 pm UTC

Steax wrote:One culture told me "leave the toilet seat up, it shows the women that you didn't drip anything on the toilet seat, since they're going to be sitting there."
Another culture told me "leave the toilet seat down, it shows the women that you acknowledge them and that they are welcome to use the toilet."

Which one is more common, and what's the usual norm?


Here in the states usual etiquette is seat down. Personally I disagree with it, though. I'm observant enough to check if the seat is up or down and then change it accordingly, women should do the same. The only time I'll actively leave the seat down is if I'm a guest and either a) the seat was down before I got there, b) the lid underside hasn't been cleaned in a while, or c) it's a primarily female residence (see also: a).
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby roband » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:21 pm UTC

Note the difference between seat and lid.

Seat down, always. Lid up/down is a contentious issue, AFAIK

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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:25 pm UTC

Here's how I've always thought about it. Assume that, on average, both sexes go to the bathroom at about the same frequency. Most men will stand to pee and most women will sit to pee. I imagine very few people stand to poop. So, on average, more sitting is going on which means more need for the seat to be down.

In practice I always put the seat and lid both down, because otherwise the cats will play in the toilet and just make a mess.
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Postby Shro » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:48 pm UTC

Seat down, lid down. Lid down is because of the aerosol effect of flushing toilets. I don't want poop on my toothbrush.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby jawdisorder » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:14 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Question for the college students here: how many hours of class do you have in an average week?

US. Engineering Major. I have 13 credits this semester and spend about 8 hr/week in class. I'd guess about 10 hours outside class but I have no real measure there.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Grop » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:15 pm UTC

Shro wrote:I don't want poop on my toothbrush.


This is because you have your toilet in the bathroom :P.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:34 am UTC

Zarq wrote:Question for the college students here: how many hours of class do you have in an average week?

UK, 2nd year physics. I think it's about 16-18 hours total. And then they claim we should be spending another 20 or 25 doing stuff by ourselves, although I think in practice most people don't even do half of that.
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Postby bentheimmigrant » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:35 am UTC

Shro wrote:Seat down, lid down. Lid down is because of the aerosol effect of flushing toilets. I don't want poop on my toothbrush.

You... keep your toothbrush in the bathroom? Ew.

(To be fair, I always used to until a dentist in the family was like "Hey, the bathroom is the dampest place in the house, and most likely to be home to mildew and moulds... Why would you keep your toothbrush in there?" I didn't have an answer.)
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Menacing Spike » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:16 pm UTC

you could like use a cap

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Postby Jumble » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:57 pm UTC

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Shro wrote:Seat down, lid down. Lid down is because of the aerosol effect of flushing toilets. I don't want poop on my toothbrush.

You... keep your toothbrush in the bathroom? Ew.

(To be fair, I always used to until a dentist in the family was like "Hey, the bathroom is the dampest place in the house, and most likely to be home to mildew and moulds... Why would you keep your toothbrush in there?" I didn't have an answer.)

I don't want to appear grose, but my toothbrush is a fluffy stick I use twice a day (or try to, at least once a day) to wipe the bacteria from my teeth. I don't have an autoclave so I don't assume it's sterile. I don't think that in 40 odd years my toothbrush has made me sick, so I'll live with it.

Oh, and we also have the loo in the bathroom cause we don't live In a big house. What you goin'a do?
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:11 pm UTC

Besides, anything you get on your toothbrush is stuff you inhale every time you take a dump.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Vahir » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:44 pm UTC

Do people who live in snowless regions celebrate Christmas with decorated trees?

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Postby Zarq » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:49 pm UTC

I don't really understand your question.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby freezeblade » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:51 pm UTC

Vahir wrote:Do people who live in snowless regions celebrate Christmas with decorated trees?


California coast here. Every year growing up we'd head to the tree farm, pick one out (usually duglous fir or noble fir), cut it down then put it in the house, decorated with hand-made orniments. Some people had fake and "flocked" trees, which make it look like snow is on the tree, we were never ones for that though.

It was fun to put out christmas cards to family in snowy areas showing our family on the beach in december, barefoot and in shorts, making sand castles.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby yurell » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:16 am UTC

Vahir wrote:Do people who live in snowless regions celebrate Christmas with decorated trees?


We do, and it'd be odd for there to be snow in summer.
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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Carlington » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:39 am UTC

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Vahir wrote:Do people who live in snowless regions celebrate Christmas with decorated trees?


We do, and it'd be odd for there to be snow in summer.

Yeah, seconded, though trees down this way tend to be of the plastic variety, and sans "flocking", although, I'm only really speaking for my family at this point.
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Postby Angua » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:56 pm UTC

We decorate trees in the Caribbean. The one in the centre of town is a decorated flamboyant, but different villages use different types of tree depending on what's around. When I was small my parents would use a baby coconut tree, but we stopped when we got a plastic one (also, the leaves on small coconut trees are really floppy and not very good for hanging ornaments on).
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Postby tastelikecoke » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:35 am UTC

Vahir wrote:Do people who live in snowless regions celebrate Christmas with decorated trees?

Do fake pine trees count? We have pine trees but only in mountainous regions. I doubt we here would really decorate those. The rest of the trees are those which have a lot of caterpillars in them, but on public places I often see acacia trees getting those cool raindrop light decorations.

As for fake pine trees, even some poorer families have those because Christmas is probably the most important holiday in the Philippines.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Menacing Spike » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:46 am UTC

In southern France people either import trees or use fake ones.

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Re: Questions For The World

Postby Grop » Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:09 am UTC

In this part of southern France, we typically "import" our trees from mountains which are like a 1:30 drive away from my place.

I think most christmas trees in France are also grown in France.


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