English – the world language

March 2024 Forums General discussion English – the world language

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    alanjjohnstone
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    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/12/do-you-speak-english-201312141331710383.html

     

    "For the first time in history, the world now is close to having a global language so that people from all corners of the globe can communicate with each other without recourse to interpreters and translators. This language is, of course, English."

    #99278
    rodshaw
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    That's me out of a job then.

    #99279
    ALB
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    Aren't we native English-speakers lucky then. But it also means that most people in the world will be bilingual, which is not that difficult if you have to be. It would be nice if native English-speakers would reciprocate by learning another language too, but what's the chance of that?

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    admice
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    Well, you British and Australian English speakers don't speak real English anyway.

    #99281
    alanjjohnstone
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    "Well, you British and Australian English speakers don't speak real English anyway." – Not so much don't speak real English but still insist on complicated ways of spelling words !!! Dropping the u is a good idea but why replace the s with z?After USA, the most numerous English speakers are in India. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population "It would be nice if native English-speakers would reciprocate by learning another language too" ……or learning to play a musical instrument – the international language of music!   

    #99282
    Anonymous
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    admice wrote:
    Well, you British and Australian English speakers don't speak real English anyway.

    Wot daa ya meen by that marra? 

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