Global English: Future Tense

Friday, October 29, 2010

The world's current lingua franca picks up words and phrases from other languages and sends them back again. Leslie Dunton-Downer, author of The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, explores some of these.

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Comments [2]

Brian Barker from London, England

I think that the choice of a future World Language is between English and Esperanto.

English must be opposed on grounds of "linguistic imperialism"

Interestingly the website for example is enjoying 120,000 hits per month. That is certainly good :)

Nov. 07 2010 09:22 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I use a number of words from various languages, but my favorite are Yiddish words. They're fun to say and they often translate into an entire expression rather than a single word.

The most important reason to use a word or expression from a foreign language is that it embodies a concept more concisely than its equivalent.

Many languages steal words and/or phrases from each other, which is why we hear the expression "Okay" worldwide.

Oct. 29 2010 11:49 AM

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