Can you speak either Chinese or Russian?

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Can you speak either Chinese or Russian?

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Ĉu vi povas paroli ĉine aŭ ruse?
तु चिनी किंवा रशियन बोलू शकतोस का?
तुम्ही चिनी किंवा रशियन बोलू शकता का?
Вы на китайском или русском можете говорить?
sina ken ala ken toki kepeken toki Sonke anu toki Losi?
Ya Çince ya da Rusça konuşabilir misin?
سىز خەنزۇچە ياكى رۇسچە سۆزلىيەلەمسىز؟
Li-kanol püki Cinänapüki o Lusänapüki?
Poți vorbi sau limba chineză, sau limba rusă?


Pfirsichbaeumchen 2015-04-17 04:12 link permalink

Wie natürlich klingt das „either“ in diesem Satz?

Ooneykcall 2015-04-17 07:19 link permalink

Is there any perceptible difference between having "either" and omitting it?

patgfisher 2015-04-17 12:46 link permalink

In my opinion, the sentence would mean the same with or without the "either". Both versions sound natural to me.

Pfirsichbaeumchen 2015-04-17 17:18, edited 2015-04-17 17:20 link permalink

It doesn’t sound strange anymore if I read it as, “Would you please speak either Chinese or Russian?” But how does it sound if the sentence is to inquire whether the person spoken to knows Chinese or Russian, and is not necessarily asked to speak either one of them? This is what I assumed it was supposed to mean when I asked my question.

Dejo 2015-04-19 01:42 link permalink

First of all I should point out that I adopted the sentence because it was grammatically correct, so I didn't change it.

2. When would I use "either"?
I am about to hire you as a foreign correspondent and you will be posted somewhere on the Russian/Chinese border. Our company has a foreign language requirement to make sure that our correspondents know at least one of the local languages. So "Can you speak either Chinese or Russian" means that you have to know one of these languages but not necessarily both.