Things That I Hate

Modern Language

Why can’t the whole world just speak English?

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  1. Why can't everyone speak Arabic?

    or French?

    or German?

    or Spanish?

    or Russian?

    or Chinese?

    It may surprise you but these are all more widely spoken than English. Sorry, but we are at the bottom of the league table.

    • by The Non-English Speaking World
    • 1 August 2010, 9:57 AM
  2. @The Non-English Speaking World - I kind of doubt that, I am in Germany right now and almost everyone here speaks English as well as German. Most of the markets have english since The US and the UK as well as Australia all speak english so their is a high demand for it.

    I don't agree with the article though, english doesn't make as much sense as other languages. Russian sounds exactly like it's spelled unlike english. English came from parts of several different languages.

    • by Sazkion
    • 1 August 2010, 1:19 PM
  3. Languages preserve cultures. Seeing as how mainly mother-tongue English speakers wish there were only one language, it is obvious that ethnocentrism still exists—a truly sad thing.

    • by Katie
    • 5 August 2010, 11:32 PM
  4. While I don’t agree with the sentiment of the original post, I have to correct The Non-English Speaking World.

    English is the second most widely spoken language for native speakers (ahead of Spanish but way behind Chinese) and as a second language.

    Some estimates put English first when taking into account all speakers (native speakers, second language speakers and foreign language speakers).

    The biggest shame in my mind is how few native English speakers bother to learn another language, myself included (other than very rusty French and Spanish).

    • by Chris
    • 11 August 2010, 1:52 PM

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