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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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Leslie Dunton-Downer

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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 http://www.lernu.net 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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