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English As A World Language

No language in history has ever dominated the world quite like English does today. professor

Until fairly recently, the history of English was very similar to that of other global languages: it spread through a combination of conquest, trade, and colonization. But then, at some point between the end of WWII and the start of the new millennium, English transformed from a global language to a universal language. conversing

So, do we still really need another ‘world language’? I think English is ready to take that position but is the world ready for that? dunno
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It's a fact, even the half bell can make himself understood in English. grin

Comments (50)

Kalpataru
I think it won't take long for Chinese language (Mandarin, Cantonese, etc) to take over.
Catfoot
Maybe Kal,
but somehow I doubt it, Many Chinese speakers already can and do speak English while very few people who can speak English (outside the East) can speak any of the Chinese dialects. It is simply the numbers and ease of implementation.
wine hug
Come to America where the phone messages say:

"Presione dos para Inglés"
LucyMaud
In Canada, French is our other official language. "Pour le Francais, appuyez sur le 2." There are other options for other languages. Agree, Cat, that many Chinese and other Asians now have a knowledge of English. I. e. Dongg! cheers
Catfoot
Hi Chat,
laugh Press 2 for English rolling on the floor laughing

But it can't be that bad. The last figures I got under my eyes showed that the English speaking Americans of European descent made up for 77% of the population. And then a large portion of the remainder can speak English.

I'm pretty sure that 'Presione dos para Inglés' must be exceptional. laugh
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Catfoot
Hi Lucy,
Exactly! The half bell in my blog. Ding Dong! laugh
BeaPatient
Haai Cattie, maybe as an international business language as it is now but I cannot see it displacing the other languages. The best it can do (probably) is to be an second language to non native English speakers. dunno
Bogart_1960
que? ...



Uno, dos, tres.! I find this very spanish...
Catfoot
Hi Bea
Sure thing, I was indeed referring to an international business language. One spoken language all over the planet will be an unreachable target. Very few will give up their mother's tongue, I for one won't. The local languages will always be there.

But there is so much talking about developing a language that will be understood by everybody and I think that will be counter-productive. We already have such a language. thumbs up
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Catfoot
Hi Bogs,
laugh rolling on the floor laughing
Yep, it is a problem.laugh
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Bogart_1960


Sounds like English
It's the language of business and the fact that the English language expresses life least is what makes it so broad. Although everyone speaks the same language nobody understands one another. It's a bit like the tower of Babel. Nobody can express the majesty of creation in words but English is the truly irreligious, business-like language. An emotionally depthless and spiritually dead language that spreads around the world on the understanding that there is to be no understanding. Tis not the language of subtlety.
O'reilly's men are replacing a structural wall the cut rate workers Basil hired to do a little remodeling at the Towers. removed. Manuel refers to them as Orally men, and almost get his arse handed to him. Oh, I see, you are Orally men. It's O'Reilly, you Daigo twit.
Catfoot
hi Boggie
I thought it was English but I only understood one line - you fuçking arsehole. What language are they speaking?laugh
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Catfoot
hi Chesney,
I have always found English as you described here but I thought it was because it was only a second language to me. I cannot always find the words to describe something as accurately as in my mother's tongue. If you tell me that it is a natural phenomenon with English, I feel much better.grin
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Catfoot
Hi VK
It took quite a few seconds for the penny to drop!doh
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Koos arrives in Japan to watch rugby.
He becomes ill, and a Chinese dr tells him they have to remove his testicles.
On which he replies:"Not a fok!"
Fortunately with South Africans being scattered across the globe, they soon find a Afrikaanse dr Piet, and he whispers into Koos's ear : "Koos,hulle moet jou knaters uithaal." Koos: "Oraait, I thought they wanted my test tickets....

English could work just fine....laugh
Catfoot
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Classic Luke, Classic
So typical South-Africanlaugh
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I agree Cat. Maybe that is a precursor for a one government world too. Maybe...a one currency world too coming.

dunno

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Catfoot
Ah Johnny,
I hope not. Actually, I cannot see a single currency, government or language as a viable possibility. I'm more thinking of English as a second language - a business language - to all.

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usha123
I am with Kal on this. More and more people are learning Chinese these days. Mandarin is anyway the most spoken language in the world.

But I choose English anyday over Mandarin. laugh

Cat, bouquet hug
English is a bastard language spoken by bastards rolling on the floor laughing
Every time they got invaded the language evolved and mutated as did the gene pool

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The internet has ensured english and it's mutated form American English will always dominate

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Kalpataru
Yeap! It's called Renminbi or Yuan. wink

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Catfoot
Hi Usha
I can only tell you what I told Kal. It's possible but I doubt it. Actually, I think Nice2 got it right in his comment, the Internet will assure that it remains dominant.
and I think many more people feel that way. There are many Orientals here but we communicate primarily in English.
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Catfoot
Hi Nice,
I think you scored a Bull's eye! The Internet will see to it.
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Catfoot
Hi Kal,
What's that? Monopoly money?laugh laugh
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Kalpataru
Hope your country and mine will never experience what Zimbabwe did (fingers crossed).
So the one you think it's Monopoly money will remain just Monopoly money. wine
Catfoot
Kal,
I don't want to go into the politics of Chinese money but communist regimes are dictatorships kept in power by fear, amounts to slave labor and as such are not sustainable. At some stage, the workers will get tired of working for peanuts. We have seen it happening in the Soviet Union and we'll see it happening again.sigh
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July012
Hi,Cat;
Except kids,many old people also like English nowadays... Someone said learning a foreign language can prevent dementia. When I hold an English book at bed, I recognize the words ,don't understand the meaning of sentence and get drowsy easier. But for the" prevent" purpose, I should read after sleep. maybe it can work ... laugh wine
Catfoot
Hi July
I often fall asleep while reading. Strangely, I cannot remember what I read the few minutes before I fell asleep. Often when I wake up some 15 - 20 minutes later I have to go back a page or two to catch on again.laugh
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I would rather speak Irish, it's my native language
Bnaughty
I prefer picture books, and colouring in books
Catfoot
Hi Pedro,
Quite, and I'd rather speak Afrikaans. I cannot see other languages fall into disuse. People will still speak their mothers' tongues. I'm thinking of English as a world language; a common language that people of different cultures can understand each other. Something like when all non-English speaking countries have English as a second language.
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Catfoot
Hi BN
Have you tried to paint by numbers? Very rewarding I am told. grin
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@Catfoot

there is so much we want to know, but we will never know IMO until the time is right, so IMO everything is ''timing'' can you see my point of view? conversing
LucyMaud
Maybe start a trend and switch "knock knock" jokes for "ding dongg"" jokes. cheers
Catfoot
Hi Pedro,
I fully agree with you... what were we talking about? Oh yes, the forgetfulness! I forgot something but I can not remember what it was.doh
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Catfoot
Hi Lucy
That's a great idea!

Ding Dongg!
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@catfoot


Hi Pedro,
I fully agree with you... what were we talking about? Oh yes, the forgetfulness! I forgot something but I can not remember what it was.doh


the human race needs gel more and infuse, what do I mean by this?
Catfoot
Pedro,
Did you know that with a mattress with gel-infused foam you score a half-inch with every stroke?rolling on the floor laughing
cheers

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