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    4 weeks summer holiday for us, I think...*cheers*

    Oh wait...I've spent two weeks in front of the computer, moving only to do essential things, like eating and sleeping.

    Oh well.

    Edit: Oh, and because I didn't get to the first two pages - Third page! Wootzors!
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    The total zummer break iz, like, zeven weekz, Caztaraz.

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    Meh, 10 or so days left for me...

    I still got so much stuff I need to do T.T

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    For us it's 6 and a half, I think...

    Which means technically, we have 4 and a half weeks left, but meh.

    And why are you all zedish/zeeish, Gez?
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    I'm talking like thiz becauze the you know which key broke, thiz letter iz the clozezt if you talk about how it iz pronounced.

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    That's all you get for a break? We always got like ten weeks for our summer break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezina View Post
    I'm talking like thiz becauze the you know which key broke, thiz letter iz the clozezt if you talk about how it iz pronounced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezina View Post
    I'm talking like thiz becauze the you know which key broke, thiz letter iz the clozezt if you talk about how it iz pronounced.
    Ahh, I see. Or zee. Or whichever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomrom View Post
    That's all you get for a break? We always got like ten weeks for our summer break.
    Yeah, you Americans are lucky, with your nice long breaks...

    And hehe... Microsoft Narrator is funny...It says every letter you type...

    Probably would get very annoying after a while, but it is funny...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawhide View Post
    Start > All Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard
    Three wordz: I hate microzuck.

    Zo, if you know how to do zat in Ubuntu I would be grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaras View Post
    Yeah, you Americans are lucky, with your nice long breaks...
    We got longer breaks because us American kids are just naturally smarter, and thus require less schooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezina View Post
    Three wordz: I hate microzuck.

    Zo, if you know how to do zat in Ubuntu I would be grateful.
    Found one better: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=247338

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomrom View Post
    We got longer breaks because us American kids are just naturally smarter, and thus require less schooling.
    I'm just going to ignore that comment, and pretend it was never written.
    Mainly because I know loads of the kids over here are very dumb...
    And wow, this onscreen keyboard is fun as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawhide View Post
    Thank you very much, it's nice to have people who are more tech savvy than I am.

    @Nomrom: Or it could be the quality of your fancy American schools is less than those if our fancy dutch schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaras View Post
    I'm just going to ignore that comment, and pretend it was never written.
    Mainly because I know loads of the kids over here are very dumb...
    And wow, this onscreen keyboard is fun as well.
    Ignore away, it wasn't a serious comment. I know too many people for that to be a serious comment. I don't really like the onscreen keyboard, it takes me too long to type with it.

    @^: How could you possibly believe something like that?
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    Because according to a test I read sometime ago, the quality of European schools was a lot better than that of American, and the Dutch schools were among the better European schools.

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    I honestly don't know how well the American schools do. But my schooling got me into a good university where I'll be able to get a good degree and hopefully a good job with that degree, so who really cares?

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    Summer breaks... how much I miss those...

    My last break was worth 2 weeks in april, 2006... My vacations are due since 2005...
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    My high school in America was a steaming cesspool of delinquency and doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gezina View Post
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    My high school in America was a steaming cesspool of delinquency and doubt.
    Essay discussing why school is the functional equivalent of prison, also why nerds are the only sane people in the school system (this man *knows* how to pander to the prejudices of his audience).

    Quote Originally Posted by Nomrom View Post
    We got longer breaks because us American kids are just naturally smarter, and thus require less schooling.
    Errrrr ... wutnow?
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    First off, in the National Geographic list, except for the one about speaking a foreign language fluently, I can do all of those things. And actually, I'm about to go live in the Dominican Republic for two years, during which time I will hopefully become fluent in Spanish. Next, I would say most of if not all of my friends are the same as me. So yes, while a large majority of American youth might be stupid, those who will be leaders in business and politics are better informed about such matters. And honestly, does it really matter if a janitor knows whether or not Sudan is in Africa or Asia? The true failing in the system isn't in the teaching, but in the fact that most students don't car and don't try. Last, you can now imagine me typing the same America is better things I usually would, since I'm going to spare you guys and leave them out.

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    Yeah, but the goal of education is hardly just to teach you what's applicable to your job, so yeah, it does matter if a Janitor knows where Sudan is.

    The question is, where does this apathy come from that seems to be unique among Americans? And you can't just heap all of the blame on just one factor.

    I'm curious, though. Why do these tests that focus on world understanding always use geography as their standard? Wouldn't knowledge of world history be a better indication of how well you understand the world outside your own country?
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    I can do all of the things on that list, and I'm not even American and haven't finished the dutch equivalent of high school yet.

    Now, I am considered a genius by plenty of people, (including people who decide whether you're a genius or not) and as such am not the standard Dutch person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieRockStar View Post
    I'm curious, though. Why do these tests that focus on world understanding always use geography as their standard? Wouldn't knowledge of world history be a better indication of how well you understand the world outside your own country?
    Geography is a good all round subject. If you're doing well in Geography, most probably you're doing well in other subjects as well.

    I think that's what it is anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaras View Post
    Geography is a good all round subject. If you're doing well in Geography, most probably you're doing well in other subjects as well.

    I think that's what it is anyway...
    Hmm...good point, but I don't think that's the whole of it. You can know where a country is without knowing anything about it.

    Well, my spoken French is very shaky, but I can read and write it well enough that I think I count, so I can easily do everything on that list (despite the fact that French isn't a foreign language).

    Also, if you're focusing on world understanding, how does finding NY on a map count if you're American?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaras View Post
    Geography is a good all round subject. If you're doing well in Geography, most probably you're doing well in other subjects as well.

    I think that's what it is anyway...
    Well, my mother was getting great grades all around, except for geography. She had no grade beneath a 7 (1-10 scale, higher is better) on her Gymnasium (the most difficult secondary education you can get here) certificate, and that's only because she had dropped geography as soon as she could (It almost caused her to fail all of the years in which she had it)

    Geography was one of my worst subjects as well (just after French), and I dropped it as soon as I could as well.

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    Was just a suggestion. What I'd heard, at least.

    And with all the geography I've done, it isn't just the finding of places on a map.
    Actually, most of the geography we do is so boring. Tourism, and its effects. Population and stuff. Boring stuff.

    It's when you get to Geology that it gets good...

    And with languages, I can speak pretty good french, find it harder to write(Hate. Accents. So. Much), but can read it easily. I can pick up some languages reasonably easily, and can say random sentences in many languages...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaras View Post
    And with languages, I can speak pretty good french, find it harder to write(Hate. Accents. So. Much), but can read it easily. I can pick up some languages reasonably easily, and can say random sentences in many languages...
    Vous detestons les accents?

    J'adore less accents, elle est magnifique!

    (Not sure if I got the grammar right, my french is horrible)

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    It'd be...

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybe correct corrections
    Vous detestez les accents?

    J'adore les accents! Ils sont magnifique!
    Don't quote me on that though...Can't remember whether Accents is masculine or feminine...
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    My dad used to be a cartographer (well, GIS, so computer cartography) and so I was basically raised on maps. Probably what attracted me to fantasy.....

    I have to start some school stuff TOMORROW. Sometimes being homeschooled ain't so hot, at least not when your mother says you have to start studying for the SATs now. I'm sure I'll be grateful for the extra preparation, but it still sucks.

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    Hmm, summer break? What is this.. summer break.. you speak of? I had two weeks where I didn't go to school on monday/tuesday, which, incidentally, are the only two days of school I've had for the past six months.
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