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    Montreal Requiring All Dogs To Be Bilingual

    http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/blog/20...ial-languages/

    Here is a copy and paste of a story I found on this on Yahoo:

    If a proposed law in Montreal goes into effect, all dogs in the Canadian city will need to understand commands in both English and French.

    Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce, who made the proposal, told CBC Radio that it's necessary to counter the "chaos" resulting from dogs at public parks who understand commands in only one language.

    "The current situation in Montreal Dog Park is untenable chaos," LaDouce told CBC Radio. "The various dog commands are incomprehensible to each other."

    In an inadvertently hilarious interview with the station, LaDouce (who was deadly serious) says he was inspired to propose the law after a dog began licking his face and did not respond to French commands.

    "Our alienation from each other was absolute," LaDouce said.

    LaDouce wants all dogs in the city to learn at least 80 to 90 commands in both languages, calling the task "basic stuff." He said each canine should be subjected to a test by a city employee to confirm the animal's bilingual comprehension.

    While few question that dogs are capable of intelligent acts—just recently, we learned about some dogs that are being taught to "drive" cars—LaDouce's solution may not even be possible. Trained dogs are only able to learn about 160 words, according to Animal Planet.

    And what of the dog owners who are not bilingual? As CBC Radio host Pat Kelly points out, having to learn a second language only to impart a few dozen commands to your pet would be an expensive and time-consuming exercise. For example, only about 20 percent of people in the U.S. are able to hold a conversation in a second language, according to the U.S. Census.

    "Expensive or opportunity, which way do you want to look at it?" LaDouce said in response. "Now, suddenly, just by having a dog, I'm opening up to different kinds of knowledge."

    He said he hopes to get the law passed and put into effect by summer 2013.

    "I'm working on it day and night," he said.
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    Just because they don't follow orders in french does not mean they don't understand the commands. It's not that easy to convince a dog not to lick your face.
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    Personally, I am not sure a dog can even learn commands in two languages. There is a Shih Tzu in my family and that dog understands various commands in English, but I think if I spoke to her in French she would be confused. Interestingly she also communicates well when she has to "take care of business." She starts barking excitedly and usually never barks except when a stranger arrives or she has to shit/piss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    If a proposed law in Montreal goes into effect, all dogs in the Canadian city will need to understand commands in both English and French.
    Hello EB,

    Actually FIDO, the Union of Universal Doggiehood, is in emergency session to counter that proposal with one of their own laws requiring humans to speak to the them in their own language: Terrier, Retriever, Collie, Pekinese, etc. But there is a sticking point. The English Bulldogs and French Poodles each refuse to allow the other language to be included.

    It's rumored Techman is backing the Bulldogs and Mazingerz has gone into the bunker with the Poodles. Woof

    What Benoit LaDouce has proven is the moron gene is alive and thriving.

    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    Personally, I am not sure a dog can even learn commands in two languages.
    Dogs don't hear languages, they hear basic differences in frequencies and tones, not human language per se.

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    I guess April Fool's day comes just before christmas this year
    $422 million for culture & science, or over $600 BILLION for Death and destruction...? I vote for CULTURE!!!

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    I suppose they might have difficulty recognizing the same word with different accents.
    http://www.asterix.com/encyclopedie/...perso/a67b.gif

    They should also be required to learn a second sex position.
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    Think of the opportunity for pet and pet owners alike. Being bilingual can open many doors. Will they learn Quebecois French or Parisian French?
    Just one question. The Moron that was licked in the face...why didn't he just stand up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlot View Post
    Dogs don't hear languages, they here basic differences in frequencies and tones, not human language per se. Merlot
    LaDouce's proposal presumes dogs can learn commands given in two different languages. Are you saying he is full of crapola?

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    I hope no one fell for that joke..............

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    in french (messieurs vous etes les dindons de la farce) its a parody from a cbc radio show

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    Can't believe someone can fall to this.

    Isn't the Internet full enough of infos to know about what makes a language different and why it's BS to think some are more difficult than others ?

    I've always asked this question to anyone who complains about language and come up with the "I dunno" answer.
    Here it is (you will win a trip to Hawai if you can come up with a different analysis) :

    How come it takes the same amount of time for a chinese, arab, russian, french, english, german or whatever kids to learn his/her mothers tongue ?
    For if one language was harder to learn the basics, kids in different parts of the world wouldn't have the same rate of learning no matter what their race.

    Get it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentle View Post
    How come it takes the same amount of time for a chinese, arab, russian, french, english, german or whatever kids to learn his/her mothers tongue ?
    For if one language was harder to learn the basics, kids in different parts of the world wouldn't have the same rate of learning no matter what their race.

    Get it ?

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    So you are saying these Montreal dogs should have no problem learning to be bilingual and should spend just as much time learning French as they did English, and vice versa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John S. Black View Post
    IF a dog is forced to read anything, the size of the letters by law has to be 2x bigger in French than English.
    Since dogs distinguish human commands by frequencies and tones, must the French command be twice as loud as the equivalent English command?

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    Owned big time... trying to get out of it !

    Wouf Wouf !

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    Quote Originally Posted by John S. Black View Post
    I think animals can understand their masters ?
    Since There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today ( 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers)
    The most popular language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 1,213,000,000 people in the world that speak that language.so animals like children if you start them young enough I would think they could understand.
    Yes but the dogs would never be able to remember all those characters.

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