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  1. Tedman"Xp" Registered Senior Member

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    Could anyone give me a new explanation about why the english is a global language?
     
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  3. Tyler Registered Senior Member

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    Because America is the Global Nation. Quite simply, America is the centre of the world and with the last two world-dominators being English-speaking (States/Britain)...English has spread.
     
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  5. bbcboy Recovering christian Registered Senior Member

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    English is a global language because GB used to 'own' most of the globe. Then we said sorry and gave it all back apart from the Falklands which we're keeping for strategic sheep purposes

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  7. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

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    The US has the largest market to sell to. If you want to sell or buy then you must deliver in the native language. While I would believe the major reasons have been listed above the reason above has also contributed to the widespread use of English. Another reason is that most of the advanced manufacturing methods, scientific collaborations, and products that flow through the US requires that others communicate in English. The US has never been much on the line of learning foreign languages on the whole. The internet also encouraged the use of English as the "global language" as it originated here and in the beginning was in use for the transfer of info between scientists and think tanks, and the like. As bbcboy said, England was once the ruler of the world and they maintained it for a good period of time. Tyler also had a good point witht he fact that the last two major world influancers were English speaking. I would think that there is a large amount of driving forces that contributed to it of which these are but a few.
     
  8. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    The language with the most speakers is Mandarin, isn't it?
     
  9. sjmarsha Registered Senior Member

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    Yes. I think you are right.
     
  10. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

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    English has the most speakers. One of thsoe Chinese languages has the most speakers as a primary language. But half of them also probably speak English. More people speak English than any other language.
     
  11. bbcboy Recovering christian Registered Senior Member

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    One of thsoe Chinese languages has the most speakers as a primary language.

    I believe it's 'Mandarin'
     
  12. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Mandarin is the most spoken, The next languages are English and French.

    French because of Canada, And certain countries in Africa, the Caribbean and a few countries that had a few nuns.

    There is also Spanish and Portuguese, which are pretty much up there with the French.

    A for other languages, well I'm going to say Russian, but there are so many provinces that it's not necessarily classed as one language.
     
  13. bbcboy Recovering christian Registered Senior Member

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    Yep, thought so

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  14. Cris In search of Immortality Valued Senior Member

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    English isn’t very common. Nearly 3 times more people speak Mandarin than English. And almost as many speak Spanish as English. English is only spoken by approximately 11% of the world’s population.

    Chinese Mandarin 874 million
    Hindi 366 million
    English 341 million
    Spanish 323 million
    Bengali 207 million
    Portuguese 176 million
    Russian 167 million
    Japanese 125 million
    German 100 million
    Korean 78 million
    French 77 million
    Chinese, Wu 77 million
    Javanese 75 million
    Chinese. Yue 71 million

    Web link = http://www.worldatlas.com/geoquiz/thelist.htm

    Cris
     
  15. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

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    Note that particular list of languages refers to Native Speakers Only. A list of who speaks what as their first language. As I said, it does not take into account that a hell of a lot of them also speak English, and very few outside certain areas speak Mandarin. I have met uneducated people in the slums of Jakarta who spoke English. It is everywhere.
     
  16. Cris In search of Immortality Valued Senior Member

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    Adam,

    You may be right and personally I hope you are, but I can't find any statistical or otherwise evidence to support that claim.

    I suspect the vast bulk of Chinese do not speak English since they have been isolated from Western culture for much of the past century. Perhaps with the widespread use of the internet where English dominates then perhaps English is gaining a larger foothold. But at the same time technology is enabling an increase in Chinese keyboards and display characters that obviate any need for them to use English.

    I would love to see English become the world language, but I suspect many cultures will resist strenuously, the French for certain.

    I'd love to see some evidence.

    Cris
     
  17. Adam §Þ@ç€ MØnk€¥ Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah, but that's the French for you...

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