English Language Dominance Expands, as Critics Accept "Secret of Success"

Sep 9, 2008 | Posted by: findingDulcinea_HL | Full story: www.findingdulcinea.com

A recent move by the French education minister to make English language education more widespread and accessible than ever could mark the end of one of the final obstacles to the language's global dominance.

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William

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Sep 9, 2008
 
I think there is a difference to be noted between a language's dominance and its use as a universal means of communication... as long as exisitng native languages are preserved and supported, I see no reason why a common language could not allow freer and clearer communication.
notme

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Jul 1, 2012
 
the biggest reason is that English cannot learn any other language ..might be a gene defect

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Jul 2, 2012
 
William wrote:
I think there is a difference to be noted between a language's dominance and its use as a universal means of communication... as long as exisitng native languages are preserved and supported, I see no reason why a common language could not allow freer and clearer communication.
Languages convey specific concepts, dominance of one language often means that local cultures are stifled. Something which could look funny : young French offenders calling the judge 'votre honneur' courtesy of US series, the correct denominator being 'Monsieur le Juge'...

the risk of language dominance that local languages would only become badly translated English in local vocabulary thus losing all their original flavor.
notme

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Jul 2, 2012
 
each place , country etc have their own dialect of a language ..... wether it chinese french or english
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Jul 10, 2012
 
notme wrote:
the biggest reason is that English cannot learn any other language ..might be a gene defect
Yea you mean the gene defect that made England conquer the world and become the greatest nation in history with the biggest empire, that started a new age with the industrial revolution, that made usa,Canada,Australia,new Zealand,Hong Kong, Singapore, that made its language the global one, that made the world an English world, with the best military record ever and that invented almost all the major inventions for the last four centuries. That must be some genetic defect to make britain so great don't you think
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Jul 10, 2012
 
English don't learn other languages because they don't have to, the whole world speaks there language, I'm afraid that no one speaks French because they don't need to, it Sorry help them in life, bit they must learn English to live in todays world
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Jul 10, 2012
 
And all those sports, invented in britain, best music,television,movies,video games,celebrities, all those great British luxury and sports cars.
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Jul 10, 2012
 
The best universities,writers and scientists are British. The whole world is an Anglo centric planet

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Jul 12, 2012
 
English is the language of business and commerce across the world. Dominance of a language is subjective.. but if you have to communicate to somebody who is 5 time zones away from you.. chances are that you will use English..

Right tool for the right purpose.. you wouldn't use your favorite pen for scraping and cleaning your oven..
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Feb 20, 2013
 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/...

Quebec's language watchdog is backtracking after demanding a chic Montreal Italian restaurant change its menu because Italian words such as "pasta" were too predominant.
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Feb 21, 2013
 

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Languages convey specific concepts, dominance of one language often means that local cultures are stifled. Something which could look funny : young French offenders calling the judge 'votre honneur' courtesy of US series, the correct denominator being 'Monsieur le Juge'...
the risk of language dominance that local languages would only become badly translated English in local vocabulary thus losing all their original flavor.
Or people asking for a search warrant when la police knock on their door.

I never watch these american tv series and i am the first one to tell whoever is watching that they could find a much better way to kill their brain cells.

Did not buy a led screen to be pestered with that nasty propaganda.
Guns, guns, guns, explicit language, clichés, sex, you name it.

Of course language is a domination tool.
rio

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Feb 21, 2013
 
ocxz wrote:
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Or people asking for a search warrant when la police knock on their door.
I never watch these american tv series and i am the first one to tell whoever is watching that they could find a much better way to kill their brain cells.
Did not buy a led screen to be pestered with that nasty propaganda.
Guns, guns, guns, explicit language, clichés, sex, you name it.
Of course language is a domination tool.
You really have a problem with Anglo-Saxon culture, haven't you?
Or is it a complex ?
ocxz

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Feb 21, 2013
 
rio wrote:
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You really have a problem with Anglo-Saxon culture, haven't you?
Or is it a complex ?
Outside of france ?
Not at all.
rio

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Feb 21, 2013
 
the examiner wrote:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ montreal/story/2013/02/20/mont real-language-pasta-translatio n.html
Quebec's language watchdog is backtracking after demanding a chic Montreal Italian restaurant change its menu because Italian words such as "pasta" were too predominant.
This Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise seems to be a nest of over-zealous lingustic bigots, isn't it?

What's the point of banning foreign expression and words on shopfronts and menus if the customers don't object to thjem? If the clients don't like foreign languages, they can always vote with their feet, can't they?

It's symptomatic of a declining culture, when some insecure people try very hard to ban the influence of foreign language. I just think it's daft.

Why can't people understand that in a modern world, words are exchanged between languages and become part of the vocabulary. French uses many English words, and English is peppered with words of French consonance. What's wrong with that "mom ami" ?
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Feb 23, 2013
 
rio wrote:
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This Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise seems to be a nest of over-zealous lingustic bigots, isn't it?
What's the point of banning foreign expression and words on shopfronts and menus if the customers don't object to thjem? If the clients don't like foreign languages, they can always vote with their feet, can't they?
It's symptomatic of a declining culture, when some insecure people try very hard to ban the influence of foreign language. I just think it's daft.
Why can't people understand that in a modern world, words are exchanged between languages and become part of the vocabulary. French uses many English words, and English is peppered with words of French consonance. What's wrong with that "mom ami" ?
The Quebecers believe that if they don't take measures to protect their "Joual" language, a poor version of the French language, the language will die away. In order to do that, every single inscription on a product, on its wrapping, on its container, directions for use, warranty must be drafted in French. This also apples to restaurant menus and wine lists.
Your shop's name also should be in French and the French name should be painted twice as big as the English name. All children should go to French schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, unless you can prove that you are of British descent.
That is why you see stop signs in Quebec written as "Arret". Even in France it is still STOP.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
How do you say Pizza in French?

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/02/22/can...
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Feb 23, 2013
 
the examiner wrote:
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The Quebecers believe that if they don't take measures to protect their "Joual" language, a poor version of the French language, the language will die away. In order to do that, every single inscription on a product, on its wrapping, on its container, directions for use, warranty must be drafted in French. This also apples to restaurant menus and wine lists.
Your shop's name also should be in French and the French name should be painted twice as big as the English name. All children should go to French schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, unless you can prove that you are of British descent.
That is why you see stop signs in Quebec written as "Arret". Even in France it is still STOP.
Quebec sounds like an oppressive country.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
i like

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Sep 17, 2013
 
The French are very akward when trying to defend the french language. They don't make french mirrors of renownded usefull sites such as hyperphysics, webelements, the orbitron, do not make translations of applets, therefore french speaking peoples are obliged to learn and use english.

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