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GreatGrizzly

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#1 12 years ago

If the world can move to one language what would it be and why? I believe that the world should all use english. This is because many countries already teach it in school as a second language anyways. That is because the west has been such large factor in history that you cant not learn at least a little english. Look at these forums, we have people from all over the world speaking english already, and doing a good job at it too. To do this the english has to be simplified a little more to make it easier to learn.




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#2 12 years ago
GreatGrizzly To do this the english has to be simplified a little more to make it easier to learn.

Is that even possible? With all respect to the english languague, it is widely used partly because it is extremely simple when compared to most latin languages. Still, as a bastardization (sp?) of the old german and old french languages it is a good "world" language, a bit like a modern latin. However, this does not mean english should replace other national languages, it is just a second language that everyone in the world can speak to understand themselves. Most intelligent persons can easily speak two languages, so there is no necessity to have only one. I believe, however, that anglophones should still make an effort to learn other languages too.




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#3 12 years ago

If you could make a global language then it should be English because English is the trade language so it's most practical for it.

Komrad_BI believe, however, that anglophones should still make an effort to learn other languages too.

If someone doesn't speak English I don't care what they have to say. Now that might come across as a little harsh but I honestly don't believe the opinion of yet another spoilt teenage brat that happens to come from France or Germany is worth the bother of learning another language when I could just talk to a spoilt teenage brat in my own country. People aren't all special, they're not unique flowers or any crap like that. There are more than enough of them who happen to speak my language, and who I can talk to, so why should I care what they say in another country? Multiple languages are by and large a waste of time.




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#4 12 years ago

Definately English as it's already so widely spoken, it's teached all over the world and it's so simple. But like Komrad_B said, it shouldn't replace other national languages although it should be teached even more and more widely. No offence, but the French and Germans should put more effort on learning English.

P.S. More languages you speak the better so it wouldn't harm English-speakers to learn more Spanish or French :D




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#5 12 years ago

Latin is the root of many languages, and is simple. True that english is well known but latin started it all.




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#6 12 years ago
Multiple languages are by and large a waste of time.

Yeh but if everyone else thought that we'd be a bit screwed.

I've been learning French for nearly 5 years now and I'm still crap at it. Hell I can't even say that sentence in French. Language just isn't as important in the UK, it's going to become optional soon aswell [unless that's already happened], probably becuase English is used the most. It's the langugae used by the US, and I think whatever the US have as their national languge, the rest of the world has as its secondary language.




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#7 12 years ago

Relanderand it's so simple.[/QUOTE] english is by no means a simple language. it might seem easy because we're exposed to it every day through the mass media, but if you look at the gramatic rules, the syntax, the morphology and the phonetics, you'll see that english isn't all that easy to master. but if you take a latin language or even german, you'll see that the strict grammatic systems make it easier to learn from scratch. [QUOTE=Grimme]Yeh but if everyone else thought that we'd be a bit screwed.

I've been learning French for nearly 5 years now and I'm still crap at it. Hell I can't even say that sentence in French. Language just isn't as important in the UK, it's going to become optional soon aswell [unless that's already happened], probably becuase English is used the most. It's the langugae used by the US, and I think whatever the US have as their national languge, the rest of the world has as its secondary language.

the purpose of learning a foreign language isn't just to be able to speak with other people. it's also a study of a different culture.




Grimme

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#8 12 years ago

I'd agree, English is a weird language really. A lot of irregular verbs and odd rules to it.

the purpose of learning a foreign language isn't just to be able to speak with other people. it's also a study of a different culture.

Idealistically yes. But in all honesty, I'm not taught about the culture of France, but what's on the curriculum and how to say it. The best way to learn about culture is to visit the country in question, I recently visited Berlin, having no never really studied much German, but it's big tourist area so English speakers are common.




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#9 12 years ago

I encourage teaching as many people as possible English as a second language. It opens up all sorts of opportunities in business and allows for much greater versatility when travelling. But I'd love to hear what right you think you have to impose it on everybody as a 'universal' language. I think you'll find that most people are as attached to their national languages as the English speakers are to theirs.




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#10 12 years ago

english - in 50 years half the world will speak this language because it is already the universal language! furthermore it is pretty easy to learn if youd compare it to french, spanish, german, chinese, japenese, marsian, whatever...