Explanation of this Python language feature? [x for x in x for x in x] (to flatten a nested list)

Mark H Harris harrismh777 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 30 07:52:20 CEST 2014

On 3/29/14 10:45 AM, Mark Lawrence wrote:
> On 29/03/2014 08:21, Mark H Harris wrote:
>>     Yes. Well, as the joke goes, if you're trilingual you speak three
>> languages, if you're bilingual you speak two languages, if you're
>> monolingual you're an American (well, that might go for Australia too,
>> maybe). When whole continents speak the same language that tends to
>> happen.
> You mean like the USA, where I saw an ad in a shop for a bilingual shop
> assistant?  Or is Spanish so like US English it doesn't count as a
> separate language?

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. We have people here from 
all over the earth, and enough illegal immigrants speaking Spanish to 
account for a population about the size of Ohio. But, Americans are 
mostly monolingual. ...point of fact.

The people of the United States are in a smallish battle over whether 
the official language of the United States should be English? In other 
words, no special signs, if you're going to live here you're going to 
learn English (end of the story, for some people).

I'm not in that camp. I am preparing to start French studies soon. My 
son and daughter are fifth year fluent in Spanish (my daughter is 
minoring in Spanish, and plans study abroad for that purpose as she 
prepares for medical school.

There is no nice way to say this... we have a lot of pin-headed bigots 
living here that have to intention nor inclination to learn another 
language. Some of them even think that if English was good enough for 
Jesus , its got to be good enough for them (I'm not kidding).

Sadly, true.

But then, more than half of our population is not aware that the earth 
revolves around the sun, either.    :-}


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