In the loop

27th August 2004 at 01:00
After addressing last week's children's conference in more than adequate English, the speaker from Slovenia invited questions. Recognising one of the questioners, she requested that the question be in French, in which she was more fluent.

This produced the bizarre situation of a native Flemish speaker asking a question in French of a native Slovenian speaker, who replied in English for the benefit of an audience of native English speakers.

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