Do you feel like your native language has usable gender neutral pronouns (which you can use in case you either don't know the person's gender, of they don't identify as male or female, so no "she/he", and also not "that person")? (THIRD PERSON SINGULAR)
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My native language is English and I feel English has these kinds of pronouns.
34%
My native language is English but I don't feel like English has these kinds of pronouns (or good ones, for that matter).
24%
My native language is something else, and I think my language has good gender neutral pronouns!
15%
My native language is something else, but I don't feel like it has these pronouns.
27%
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Published: February 2, 2015
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I just say it.












I'm just kidding.
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Oh :P
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My language is actually Japanese.My mom taught me that 1st and then taught me English.
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Ahh, I see :0
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Yup!I can't type Japanese though.Don't ask em too lol!XD
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They/them/themselves works well enough.

I've been learning Chinese as well, and the 3rd person singular pronoun in that is 他/她. The first form is masculine, while the second is feminine. However, they're pronounced the same and so in speech it's gender-neutral.
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Ahh, I see ^^
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In Finnish we use the word "hän" which is both for men and women. It's nice and gender neutral like that. Though I guess we are still pretty old fashioned with some of our our profession names with many still using masculine form like "palomies (fireman)" and bunch of military terms that still use masculine in the names like "tykkimies (artilleryman/gunner)". No one really cares but these kinds of things are getting politically corrected all the time.
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Ahh, I see! :)
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Filipino has "siya", the only 3rd person singular pronoun.
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Ahh, so only one pronoun for everything regardless of gender? I see :0
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Opo. Medyo nalilito ang wika namin pero ang daming magandang kanta at kuwento na nasulat sa wikang Filipino.

(:iconwikerstervolski:, nagkamali ba ako?)
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In Lithuania I don't think we have that kind of problem. Everything seems fine. There's enough words to pick when talking about person :D Like "jie" (they) and "jos" (that would be same "they" but different gender). Or "jiems" (them) and "joms" (same as before, same "them" but different gender). I guess there might be more and more complex words but sadly its hard for me to think any English word that doesn't work both ways :D Well there is word "jus" it doesn't have gender you can say that to male or female. But pretty much its used when addressing something like older person, teacher, boss or stranger (anyone who's not close to you or a friend) to show bit of respect. For anyone else you can address by saying "tu" (you) if person happens to be someone from your circle.
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Ahh, I see! That's a totally different system indeed, sounds interesting :P
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We have a singular "they" in English; it's been around since the 1800s actually. It's just not completely "mainstream" so to speak. Most people use it in casual conversation without even realizing it, but it's not considered "grammatically correct" yet by the old people who write the rules and those style manuals that you have to follow on things like standardized tests. Themself also still isn't considered acceptable. I use "them/themself" anyway though.
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Ohh, I see! :0
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I've heard xe/ xir used in English before. 
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I see :0
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I know we could just say 'they' or 'them', but... would it be impolite to a person who considers her/himself to be genderless, to refer to them as 'they/them etc.' specifically? There is also the problem of how someone would say himself or herself. Would you say themself? Theirself? Technically those aren't even real words...

I feel rude all the way around trying to figure out how to approach the issue.
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I've seen peopke use themself as well as themselves, it takes a while getting used to for sure :P

It's hard indeed!
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Ik spreek Russisch en daar moet je werkwoorden vervoegen in het mannelijk of vrouwelijk-
Bvb. Spat (Inf.=slapen) V. Spala-M.Spal
M. is het on 
V. is het ona
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Achzo :0
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Ja het is een moeilijk taal ik leer het al 4jaar
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Da's dan niet je moedertaal :P
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