Australia Plans to Overcome - Tyranny...

Australia Plans to Overcome - Tyranny of Distance' With Asia Ties

There are 143 comments on the Bloomberg story from Oct 28, 2012, titled Australia Plans to Overcome - Tyranny of Distance' With Asia Ties. In it, Bloomberg reports that:

Australia must find new trade opportunities and strengthen its education system to take advantage of Asia's economic boom, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said, outlining goals for the country to meet by 2025.

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ksf

Since: Aug 07

Perth, Australia

#143 Oct 31, 2012
LMR wrote:
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It is also known that Asian languages rely heavily on the tone of the speaker because the language lacks verbs and past or present tense.
Without getting into he rest of your post, you are mistaken on his point alone. Verbs are present in every Asian language I have any familiarity with (and that is a few of them), and where the verb is not changed by tense as it is in English (and other European languages), another word is often added to specify tense - eg Indonesian makan = eat, sudah makan = eaten - or it is clear from context - eg Cantonese lei hao ma?= how ARE you, rather than literal how you?

ksf

Since: Aug 07

Perth, Australia

#144 Oct 31, 2012
Myth Buster wrote:
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1) Spanish and Dutch were the language of Commerce not so long ago depending on the strength of their Navies.
And Portuguese before them

ksf

Since: Aug 07

Perth, Australia

#145 Oct 31, 2012
ksf wrote:
<quoted text>Without getting into he rest of your post, you are mistaken on his point alone. Verbs are present in every Asian language I have any familiarity with (and that is a few of them), and where the verb is not changed by tense as it is in English (and other European languages), another word is often added to specify tense - eg Indonesian makan = eat, sudah makan = eaten - or it is clear from context - eg Cantonese lei hao ma?= how ARE you, rather than literal how you?
Before someone picks me up on it, should correct lei hao to lei ho - mixing my dialects.

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