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The reason why non-English speaking countries tend to have higher standardized test scores is probably because their populous cannot reduce a conversation to texting language. If they were to use text speaak as we do, they would have to have some basic knowledge of English in the first place, translate their thoughts and then type poorly, which in itself is more mental exercise, amirite?

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Uhhh? every country uses abbreviations and all I went to Mexico and they did not translate their thought they abbreviated in Spanish. Go visit another country before saying things like that!

Oh and other languages understand words like lol lmfao because of the internet

Izzie_23s avatar Izzie_23 No Way +29Reply

...the fuck?

Eustaces avatar Eustace No Way +27Reply

I can only speak for Spanish, because one of my Mexican friends uses spanish text speak with me sometimes.
They use text abbreviations. pq= porque. k=que, on and on.

Also, in a lot of non-English speaking countries, school only goes so far. Usually if they aren't smart enough to continue to higher learning, they'll drop out sometime right before or during middle school to work. The smarter children will further their education. Their test scores are test scores of some of the smartest kids in their country. Our test scores are an average of scores ranging from the lowest to highest ends.

I'm not trying to make an excuse for American complacency, just making a point.

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@Shugah I can only speak for Spanish, because one of my Mexican friends uses spanish text speak with me sometimes. They...

In the Netherlands you have to get a diploma. It's mandatory. But we have several levels of educations, namely VMBO, HAVO and VWO.

VMBO is more practical, takes four years, not sure what exactly people do after that.

HAVO is in between VMBO and VWO. If you graduate from HAVO, you can't go to university, but you can go to what english speaking countries probably call college. It takes five years

Then you got VWO, takes six years, is focussed more on theory and knowledge and if you graduate from it, you can go to university.

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@Shugah I can only speak for Spanish, because one of my Mexican friends uses spanish text speak with me sometimes. They...

Sorry forgot to add something;

Each of these levels has it's own standardized tests, the final exams. VWO exams will be a lot harder then VMBO exams. So that probably also makes it harder to compare them with standardized test of English speaking countries.

Oh and I can also assure you that we also have text speak here. Both Dutch and English

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@Shugah I can only speak for Spanish, because one of my Mexican friends uses spanish text speak with me sometimes. They...

I can only speak about Nicaragua, but from what I've seen it's true there. Most of the kids don't stay in school that long. We visited schools and worked with the kids, there's a noticeable difference in numbers. There's a lot of younger kids, but the higher up you go the less and less students remain in school. Yes, not everyone drops out just cause they can, but it is extremely common. Only certain people make it all the way through.

@Shugah I can only speak for Spanish, because one of my Mexican friends uses spanish text speak with me sometimes. They...

Well, everyone starts at age 12
So most VMBOers are 16 when they're done
HAVOers are 17
And VWOers 18

Though there are of course also different cases and stuff, but most people are around that age

Though for example, a girl in my class was 20 I think
Cause she first did HAVO, graduated from it, took a year off, then decided she wanted to get her VWO as well, so that was another extra two years for her (as you can't just step into the final year) wasn't able to pass her final exams last year, so she tried again this year (and graduated) So she was a little older then most of my classmates

Text Speak isn't confined to english. All languages have abbreviations and slang words within them.

ScottyDs avatar ScottyD No Way +12Reply

Who Homepaged this?

Anonymous +11Reply

i'd like to see abbreviated chinese

Anonymous +7Reply
@i'd like to see abbreviated chinese

chinese text speak is mostly cursing but using words which sound the same, example grass mud horse for f*** your mother

Anonymous +1Reply

Dafuq did I just read?

seems legit

Anonymous +1Reply

So ignorant...

Text speak is only challenging to people that have passed first grade English.

No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think everything will be given to them without effort. I know this for a fact.

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@name No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think...

To know something as a fact... It should probably be a fact. It saddens me that I have to point that out.

@name No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think...

Explain how you know this for a fact. Remember how many people you're generalizing together here...

@name No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think...

Right cause an article from The Daily Beast's website is cold hard fact. Not biased at all...

@name No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think...

I wouldn't know, I dont prejudice based off stuff I hear online. Never been there until that list.

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@name No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think...

They don't speak English as a first language in most contries in Europe for example and we really don't have to work hard as kids.

@name No. English speaking places are more lazy because they don't have to work as hard as a child. They think...

Really? We are completely lazy. Most people do their work half-assed, complain all the time, and sit around on the computer and look at cats. Seems pretty lazy to me.

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