English clearly has a large lead over Mandarin now mainly as most global businesses and software use it, but China is growing more rapidly, has the most money, and many people are learning Mandarin, my US grandson for one, as the future does seem to belong to China. Many more Chinese are learning English, as it is clearly dominate for a few generations more in commerce and internet, etc. – but that can change* as Latin did if China is economically dominate long enough. An article on Brazil´s Indians in 27Aug to 2Sept 12 issue of Journal da USP (at www.usp.br/jorusp for those who can read Portuguese) tells that Brazil´s Indians still speak 274 different languages in 305 different tribes! I am quite sure that almost none will still be spoken living languages 100 years from now. That thought made me wonder, if there will be more than two living languages 1000 years from now. I doubt there will be. I think only Mandarin and English will be in common use then, but in 2000 years only one will be. Which do you think is the “last language” humans will use? And why? *A clever Chinese American former resident of Hollywood area, moved to China more than five years ago. He started a small English to Mandarin translation business, now serving many famous English speakers who want to have exposure in China, especially in the Chinese versions of “social networks” For example, Paris Hilton has 600,000 Chinese “followers” for her daily** “twits.” There is huge commercial potential for promoting products in China where population is more than four times greater than the US´s is and real incomes (purchasing power) are growing by double digits annually instead of shrinking more than 1% annually as for the US´s middle class (7.2% drop since 2007) **As her first was made just a few months ago, that is rapid growth. It was to congratulate China first female astronaut and ended like: “Go girl power, Go!” PS - I´m leaning towards voting Mandarin but holding off until I see some arguments for English being used 2000 years from now. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!