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Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:44 am

Another thread (rgd. Japanese and Tokyo, I believe) got me thinking:

What are the places that their country's national language is not English, but in the specific city/area English is very widespread, and you wouldn't have a problem getting around if all you knew was English?

What abouttt..
Germany?
I know Hong Kong's official language is English as an ex-Brit colony.
Paris?
Amsterdam?
Rome?
Bangkok?
Shanghi?
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:50 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Germany?

All younger people usually speak English, although it mostly sounds like: "Walk down zhe striit and go left, there is zhe museum".  Wink

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Amsterdam?

According to my experience speak 99.9% of all Dutch people perfect English.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:50 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
country's national language is not English, but in the specific city/area English is very widespread

America  stirthepot 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:51 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Shanghi?

I highly doubt that.

Anywhere in Scandinavia, (and no, that doesn't include Finland). Practically everyone speaks good English over here.

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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:54 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
I know Hong Kong's official language is English as an ex-Brit colony.

No, Mandarin (?) is the official language, but English is know by most, so yes.

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Germany?

Try and go to an area near an American or British military base, that's where most of the locals know English.

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Amsterdam?

Yes, english is widley spoken there.


The rest I don't know.
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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:56 am

Here in Guate, you wouldn't have much difficulty getting around in Antigua Guatemala. Since it's a touristy place, there are plenty of signs in English to guide you through the city. It's not hard to find someone who speaks English as well; besides, the place is already full of gringosBig grin

Other tourist areas, such as Tikal and the surroundings of Lake Atitlan, also have information available in English, but to a lesser extent.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:57 am

don't forget Singapore lah, official language. Although it's common to find people speaking a medly of languages in one sentence. Big grin

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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:57 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
According to my experience speak 99.9% of all Dutch people perfect English.

Don't most speak high-German over there aswell?

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
All younger people usually speak English, although it mostly sounds like: "Walk down zhe striit and go left, there is zhe museum".

hahahaha.. Good enough.  Wink
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:09 am

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
No, Mandarin (?) is the official language, but English is know by most, so yes.

Hmm.. Wikipedia says it's both Chinese and English. (Than again, Wikipedia isn't always the most reliable source.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_kong
 
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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:11 am

There are many such cities in the world, like Zurich, Lucerne, Geneva, Milano, Barcelona, Athens, Casablanca, Oran, Algiers, Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Dubai, Muscat.
 
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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:16 am

As a side question:

How popular is English in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Munich?
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 7):
Don't most speak high-German over there aswell?

Yes, especially in the cities in East Holland which are boardering to Germany. Almost all people speak Dutch, English and German there.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:30 am

It is a shame that so many British people have this "I can't be arsed to learn a language because everybody speaks English" mentality!
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Bangkok?

Yes, quite a bit actually  Smile

Quoting ClementFromSG (Reply 6):
don't forget Singapore

I can verify that  Wink

I shall add....

The United States
Canada
Spain (at least in Madrid)


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Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:42 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
I know Hong Kong's official language is English as an ex-Brit colony.

Well there is English, Mandrin (official,from Beijing, cause there is only one China dammitt!!!) and Cantonese whis is the language that most people use to communicate.
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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:43 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
According to my experience speak 99.9% of all Dutch people perfect English

You're giving the Dutch a little to much credit here.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
East Holland

I've heard of South Holland and North Holland, but East Holland, never. Have we got a province I've never heard of, or has the province of Utrecht been renamed?  biggrin 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:47 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 10):
How popular is English in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Munich?

You'll probably get farther speaking English there anyway... none of these places are known for proper German.

Anyway, the closer the person you ask is to highschool age, the higher the likelyhood of him/her speaking English will be. You should avoid people with peculiar beards wearing white jackets with fake fur around the hood though.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 15):
Have we got a province I've never heard of, or has the province of Utrecht been renamed?

We dug your beaches up properly this time; voilà, the North Sea now extends to the Rhine and we've made Oost-Holland a reality!

[Edited 2006-04-11 21:49:51]
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:54 am

Quoting LeonB1985 (Reply 12):
It is a shame that so many British people have this "I can't be arsed to learn a language because everybody speaks English" mentality!

Many Germans do the same, especially when they are going to Holland and Spain, they expect that everyone can speak German there which is a shame in my opinion. Personally I always speak English in foreign countries (with exeption of Austria and the German speaking part of Switzerland).

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 15):
You're giving the Dutch a little to much credit here.

As I wrote, everyone I met in Holland could speak perfect English, no matter if it was a 13 year old kid or a 70+ years old lady.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 15):
I've heard of South Holland and North Holland, but East Holland, never. Have we got a province I've never heard of, or has the province of Utrecht been renamed?

Sorry for that, I was referring to the eastern part of the country which is boardering on Germany. And to be honest, I didn't know that this part is called Utrecht.  Embarrassment

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:55 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
You should avoid people with peculiar beards wearing white jackets with fake fur around the hood though.

They wear straight jackets for a reason!
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:03 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
We dug your beaches up properly this time; voilà, the North Sea now extends to the Rhine and we've made Oost-Holland a reality!

 Smile The next time will you please do something about those bunkers of yours? They are beginning to look a bit tatty after all these years. A lick of paint wouldn't go amiss.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 17):
As I wrote, everyone I met in Holland could speak perfect English, no matter if it was a 13 year old kid or a 70+ years old lady.

Hmmm, must be those exotic cigarettes you purchase here  Wink
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:11 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
According to my experience speak 99.9% of all Dutch people perfect English.

Write it too. Smile

I was walking down a street in Scheveningen and saw a sign on a door. Curious I walked over and read it. It said: BEL KAPUT

A few blocks farther on I saw another sign on a door. Curious again, I checked it out: DOR KAPUT.

Good laugh for the day.

Any place that gets a lot of American, Canadian, Aussie, Kiwi or Brit tourists wll have a lot of service workers who speak decent English. Except Paris where they can but won't.
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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:51 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 7):

Don't most speak high-German over there aswell?

They do, however not everybody likes to do so... All can sing "Schade, Deutschland, alles ist vorbei", though...
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:54 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 21):
"Schade, Deutschland, alles ist vorbei"

Yep. Give it another 2½ months or so  mischievous 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:55 am

Miami, Florida

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 22):

Nope, you'll have to listen to "Ihr könnt nach Hause fahrn" then, but only on the right lane with your camping cars, please

[Edited 2006-04-11 22:57:07]
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:05 am

Time will tell. Although I'm not that interested in football, it could be fun. There are usually good films in the cinema  Smile
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:10 am

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 25):
There are usually good films in the cinema

Yes, do you also remember this cool oddset commercial where the German family was overtaking the old dutch woman? Absolutely great...

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:12 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
According to my experience speak 99.9% of all Dutch people perfect English.

I must have met one of the 1% who doesn't then. I tried to get the taximan to understand that I wanted to go from Rotterdam to Rotterdam Lough.. We ended up having to draw a boat on the paper for him. We're laughing of it now.
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:14 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 26):
Yes, do you also remember this cool oddset commercial where the German family was overtaking the old dutch woman? Absolutely great...

Erm ..... no. And why is it German, but dutch? Arrogant .....  Wink  duck 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:15 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Germany?

The answers you have heard so far are mostly correct. When you go to the typical tourist places, you will find people speaking English everywhere. Otherwise, ze typical Enggglish of ze Gerrmanz iz morre limited to ze basic zings...

Since all movies (unfortunately) are dubbed, a person needs not be able to speak English to survive in Germany. English is taught at schools, but the averageGerman would probably be much worse at English than the average person in Denmark.
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:16 am

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 28):
Erm ..... no. And why is it German, but dutch? Arrogant .....

Because we have won in 1974  duck ...

I always mix up capital letters... No offense intended...
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 30):
No offense intended

None taken of course  Smile Just wait  stirthepot 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 30):
I always mix up capital letters

And that for someone that speaks German. The only language in the world where every other word is capitalized.
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:22 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 30):
Because we have won in 1974

That's gotta feel good, being able to say that the Germans won...  duck 

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:29 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 20):
Except Paris where they can but won't.

Unless of course you start of in French. I've been in Paris so many times and watched English speakers ask things in English and the Parisians just ignore them. But start off in French and as soon as they realise where you're from they switch into perfect English. They just want people to make the effort and not presume that they will speak your language to you.

Of course it helps that I speak French, but I think all tourists should at least learn the basics.
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:30 am

Quoting Christeljs (Reply 27):
I tried to get the taximan to understand that I wanted to go from Rotterdam to Rotterdam Lough.. We ended up having to draw a boat on the paper for him. We're laughing of it now.

The guy was probably not Dutch but from somewhere else.

I had taxi drivers in New York, Los Angeles, London, San Francisco, Dublin, Singapore, Manchester, etc. which didn't speak more than 5 words in English despite they were working in an English speaking country. That is no joke!

So taxi drivers do not count here.  Wink

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:40 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 29):
but the averageGerman would probably be much worse at English than the average person in Denmark.

That's for sure! I still remember a plumber speaking English with me in Copenhagen. I just can't imagine a plumber in Berlin discussing the problems of a ventilation in English... but, that's maybe me.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 17):
. Personally I always speak English in foreign countries (with exeption of Austria and the German speaking part of Switzerland).

You speak also English with Parisian?  Wink

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:40 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 35):
London

 no  I don't know what kind of 'minicab' driver that was.

Did you know that London cab drivers have to follow a three year training before they are considered proficient enough to obtain a license? This training is known as The Knowledge. To pass they have to sit a written and an aural examination.

However there are fly-by-night minicab drivers out earning a fast buck. And they do indeed tend to work in the twilight hours.
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:40 am

Greece!!! Well, Crete does anyway, most people out there speak; Greek,
German -(due to the German's involvement in Crete during WW2)- and
English.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:41 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
Paris?

Not at all! I once went to Paris and sometimes tried to speak in english with some people, due to my very poor french and... oh boy, they seemed to hate when you come speaking this langauge towards them.

I´d say that in Madrid I had no problem to speak in english with people (and neither they had with me), although Spanish is an easy language for Portuguese speakers, like me, IMO.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:55 am

Quoting Pelican (Reply 36):
You speak also English with Parisian?

Yes, because I can't speak more than 5 words French (no joke). It is true that most people ignore you when you don't approach them in French in the first place.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 37):
Did you know that London cab drivers have to follow a three year training before they are considered proficient enough to obtain a license?

I heard the same for London (and I thought that at least a bit language knowlede is necesarry to become a cab driver in every city) but the guy I had was hilarious.

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:09 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
...language is not English, but in the specific city/area English is very widespread, and you wouldn't have a problem getting around...

I have had no serious problems getting around in Glasgow, Scotland using English language.

Don't even know the name of their native language.  duck 
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RE: Foreign Places That Speak English

Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:55 am

Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 41):
Don't even know the name of their native language.

Umm.. Scottish? hahaha

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:31 pm

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Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:49 pm

New Zealand;  mischievous   duck 

I have always found that if a local is trying to sell stuff to tourists then generally their English is good enough to make a sale.
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:02 pm

Quoting BNE (Reply 44):
I have always found that if a local is trying to sell stuff to tourists then generally their English is good enough to make a sale.

like how they make check-in desk sound like "chicken disk"... no offence intended to our Antipodean sibling..

Don't forget Malaysia, as well as the Philippines and Indonesia. I'd also say Taiwan would be there too...
 
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:56 pm

Should be able to get around perfectly with English in India, Pakistan and probably even Bangladesh though I can't say that I've tried.

Same thing for Kenya, Zambia, etc.

Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
I know Hong Kong's official language is English as an ex-Brit colony.



Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
No, Mandarin (?) is the official language, but English is know by most, so yes.

I went to Hong Kong last year fully expecting that everyone was going to speak English as well as my friends from Hong Kong that I met when they came to study at my university but alas it wasn't that case.

You can certainly get around just fine without knowing any English as most people will understand what you are saying and be able to respond to you even to the point where you can have a conversation, but I ran across many, many, seemingly recent Mainland Chinese immigrants who seriously couldn't pronounce a word properly if their life depended on it. Their pronunciation of t, th, s, sh, ch, and j all sounded like zh. This was mostly on the Kowloon side by the way, on Hong Kong Island I had no such problems.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 13):
The United States

What? English in the United States? Big grin
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:07 pm

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 46):
What? English in the United States?

I think he's referring to Texas...
 
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Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:57 am

I'm thinking Brooklyn and almost anyplace in So. California...... oh wait a minute...... "Foreign Places That Speak English"!!!! Silly me. I was thinking places they SHOULD speak English.....

My mistake.

Never mind.

As far as the French go..... the call is out for me..... I think they don't take their English any more seriously than Americans take their French......(And when I speak French, the Parisians frequently pretend they don't understand unless it has to do with money....)(I actually like the French very much, but sometimes this gets on my nerves as my French is not that bad)
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Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:16 am

Quoting Wrighbrothers (Reply 4):
Quoting UAalltheway (Thread starter):
I know Hong Kong's official language is English as an ex-Brit colony.

No, Mandarin (?) is the official language, but English is know by most, so yes.

Mandarin politically, English and Cantonese in actuality

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 7):
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
According to my experience speak 99.9% of all Dutch people perfect English.

Don't most speak high-German over there aswell?

Everyone who speaks German can speak Hoch Deutsch, even the Swiss. Whether that is done in practice is a different story

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 10):
How popular is English in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Munich?

Extremely. They are all major business, tourist and government centers.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 17):
Personally I always speak English in foreign countries (with exeption of Austria and the German speaking part of Switzerland).

I speak a language based on the accent of the speaker. If yoo speek English like Patrick, then I switch to German  

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 29):
Since all movies (unfortunately) are dubbed

Yeah, but German dubbing is an art so you can't really knock it.

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 34):
Unless of course you start of in French. I've been in Paris so many times and watched English speakers ask things in English and the Parisians just ignore them. But start off in French and as soon as they realise where you're from they switch into perfect English. They just want people to make the effort and not presume that they will speak your language to you.

Of course it helps that I speak French, but I think all tourists should at least learn the basics.

Yeah, I find it annoying how many people go and just expect to start yammering on in English and expect a French person to automatically understand them. Whenever I am in France, I speak French, but I have some family members who can't speak French and they never have a hard time because they are polite and give it a shot.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 35):
I had taxi drivers in New York, Los Angeles, London, San Francisco, Dublin, Singapore, Manchester, etc. which didn't speak more than 5 words in English despite they were working in an English speaking country. That is no joke!

So taxi drivers do not count here.

The only taxi drivers in the world that I have ever found it easy to have a conversation with are the ones in Las Vegas. Other than that, it doesn't matter where they are from, they speak their own language

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 37):
Did you know that London cab drivers have to follow a three year training before they are considered proficient enough to obtain a license? This training is known as The Knowledge. To pass they have to sit a written and an aural examination.

Actually, the Knowledge has been simplified a bit because they weren't replenishing the ranks as quickly as they needed to. It now takes 18-24 months usually. Also, you don't have to take a high level English test, you just need to know which Mews or Lane you need to turn on to take the shortest and fastest route

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 37):
However there are fly-by-night minicab drivers out earning a fast buck. And they do indeed tend to work in the twilight hours.

Actually, those are illegal cab drivers. There are 3 kinds of cabs in London: London Taxis (Black Cabs), Minicabs and Illegal Cabs. The only ones actually allowed to solicit business by driving around for hire are the London Taxis and they must be driven by a licensed taxi driver. Minicabs are also licensed, their cars have to go through safety checks (though nothing like what the Black Cabs have to do) and their agencies must be registered. Illegal cabs are the fly-by-night free for all and are also the best way for a Met Cop to get a free ride somewhere late at night  

Quoting Msllsmith (Reply 48):
almost anyplace in So. California......

Other than the fact that I say "Dude" a lot, I think that my English is probably more understandable around the world than any other dialect. I know Sabena332 agrees with that.

Now, try understanding an older guy down here in New Orleans, that is a trip

[Edited 2006-04-12 18:17:16]
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