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What Will Be The Next International Language?

Wed Aug 01, 2001 7:50 pm

English is already the international language, but which will be the next one?

Perhaps Chinese will be the next, I guess. What do you think?
 
JetService
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Wed Aug 01, 2001 11:58 pm

Spanish

?Dé teordo piqar las ceitridos nas miedra¿
"Shaddap you!"
 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 12:13 am

Spainish and cantonese
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 12:18 am

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 4:35 am

Spanish? I don't think so. What you may mean is the next language of the U.S., because I believe Spanish will soon be a major language across the country. But, I dont think that Spanish will ever become a major language of the world. No spanish speaking country has a massive presence in world affairs, as the U.S., Russia, and China all do. Though many people speak Spanish, it is not a language of trade, tourism, or industry, and therefore will probably never be a major "international language"
 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 5:03 am

Luft, well mine was a semi-guess and here is how I came to the conclusion I did.

The next int'l lang will be one that uses the english alphabet, so Chinese, Japanese, other Asian, Arabic, Russian, etc are out!

That leaves largely European languages.

Of those, Spanish, or those very similar to Spanish are collectively more widely used around the world.

Spanish wins

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 5:20 am

I think you meant to say the Latin alphabet JetService.

I agree with you. Chinese will never be an international language, unless it is transliterated into Latin spelling. Even then, a major problem is that

1) there are myriads of dialects spoken in China
2) even assuming one is picked (Mandarin), meaning in Chinese is communicated by inflection. One word can have several different meanings depending on how it is said.

English became the international language for a couple of very good reasons - it was spread all over the world via the British Empire, and the economic might of the U.S. meant that English needed to be spoken for business. Although there are over a billion Chinese, they're primarily all concentrated in China. Since Spanish is also spoken in several parts of the world, and since it also an easy language to learn and speak (unlike Chinese), I think it has more of a chance. Especially if the U.S. evolves into a primarily bilingual country (although I don't know what the chances of that are).
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 5:24 am

Swahili  Laugh out loud

 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 5:32 am

According to research in 7 years Chinese will be the main language on the internet. Pffwoei, I hope those researchers are wrong.
 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 6:32 am

Well I reckon internationally Chinese has the potential to be the second language or already is based on the population and its growth over the last 10 years +.. ..Yes chinese people have hundreds of dialects.. like myself I speak Cantonese which is a southern dialect its more difficult than Mandarin cos we use 9 tones whereas Mandarin is has 4 therefore it makes it easier for English speakers to pick up the language..... Mandarin is the Chinese " official spoken language" ...we could say that English is different...we have the American and "English" dictionary.. I prefer the "English".... I dont necessarily agree that the next language has be taken from the English alphabet!... Most South east asian countries know how to speak Mandarin because durnig Cultural revolution many people fled China ..the KMT to Taiwan.. others to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia.... like myself my grandparents fled to Hong Kong .... and once China joins WTO more people will be learning the language...
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:24 pm

I say either Klingon, Vulcan, or Ferengi..

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:32 pm

Maybe German or French, possibly russian.

>No spanish speaking country has a massive presence in world
>affairs, as the U.S., Russia, and China all do.

That really has nothing to do with it. The reason english is so popular isn't because the US is the worlds only super power (don't flatter yourselves Big grin), it is because back in the days of the Empire the British went all over the place setting up colonies and spreading it (along with their religious beliefs etc). The only other countries I can think of that did that on a scale anywhere close to the British Empire are France and Spain.
 
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RE: Flight152

Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:56 pm

Yeah, Swahili would actually be cool. I always wanted to learn how to speak it.
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 9:58 pm

Another thing that english has that it doesn't seem to have a language police. Words and phrases can be added or phased out with ease, without anyone getting to upset about what should be in or out.

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 9:59 pm



As some of you have mentioned earlier, it already is English.
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 3:56 am

Why not spanish?!!!!!!!!!!

English is so easy to learn (well, the basic features)... but there's a lot of spanish speaking people all over the world, so I hope our native language will get the role it deserves.

... y ahora, ¡aprendan a hablar español!
(... and now, learn how to speak spanish!)

By the way Jet Service ... what's the meaning of "?Dé teordo piqar las ceitridos nas miedra¿"
I live in Mexico, I lived in Venezuela, Argentina & Spain (four different ways of speaking the same spanish) & I couldn't understand the meaning of that sentence!!!!

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 5:17 am

By the way Jet Service ... what's the meaning of "?Dé teordo piqar las ceitridos nas miedra¿" I live in Mexico, I lived in Venezuela, Argentina & Spain (four different ways of speaking the same spanish) & I couldn't understand the meaning of that sentence!!!!

WiLdmanVzla, the reason you don't understand it is because I made it up. I don't speak Spanish, so that's the best I could do. Big grin

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 6:01 am

why not Ebonics.....
 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 6:47 am

Russian or German
 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 6:55 am

I Think Its Gonna Be Spanish ..
Pienso Que Va A Ser El Español ..


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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 7:38 am

If ebonics becomes an INT'L LANGUAGE, I'll $hit my pants..

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 8:41 am

Ebonics - no way. Hickfonics is the wave of the future...

Little Rock, Arkansas educators, after learning that Oakland, CA educators have started classes teaching ethnic slang, have decided there is also a need to designate southern slang as a geographic language. Ergo, "Hickphonics." Here is a sampling from the new Arkansas Hickphonics dictionary now being complied:
HEIDI = noun. Greeting
HIRE YEW = complete sentence. Remainder of greeting. Usage: "Heidi, hire yew?"
BARD = verb. Past tense of "to borrow." Usage: "My brother bard my pick-up truck."
JAWJUH - noun. State just north of Florida.
LANNA - noun. Capital of JAWJUH. Usage: "My brother from Lanna, Jawjuh bard my pick-up truck.
BAMMER - noun. State just west of JAWJUH. Usage: "Tornada went thu BAMMER and left $20 million in Improvements.
MUNTS - noun. A calendar division. Usage: "My brother from Lanna, Jawjuh bard my pick-up truck an ah aint herd from him
in munts."
THANK - verb. Ability to cognitively process. Usage: "Ah thank ahll have a bare."
BARE = noun. An alcoholic beverage. Usage: "Ah thank ahll have a bare."
IGNERT - adjective. Not smart. See "Arkansas native." Usage: "Some of those BAMMA boys sure are ignert."
RANCH - noun. Tool used for tightening bolts. Usage: "Ah thank ah left my ranch in back ove my pick-up truck that my
brother from Jawjuh bard a few munts ago.
ALL = noun. Petroleum- based product. Usage: "Ah hope my brothr put some all in my pick-up truck."
FAR = noun. A conflagration. Usage: "If my brother don't change the all in my pick-up, that thang gone catch far."
TAR = noun. A rubber wheel. Usage: "Ah hope my brother from Jawjuh don git a flat tar in my pick-up he bard."
TARRED = adverb. Exhausted. Usage: "Ah jest flew in from Lanna and boy are my arms, tarred."
FARN = adjective. Not from here. Usage: "Ah can't understand a wurd he sed. Must be from some farn country.
DID = adjective. Not alive. Usage: "He aint breathin, must be did."
EAR = noun. A colorless gas (except Los Angeles) Usage: Ahm goin outside to git sum fresh ear."
BOB WAR - noun. Sharp, twisted cable used for fencing. Usage: "Stay way from thet bob war."
HAZE = pronoun /contraction of he is. Usage: "Is Bubba stupid? Nah, haze ignert."
SEED = verb. Past tense of see. Usage: "Ah seed him yestidy."
VIEW = pronoun/ contraction of have you. Usage: "Ah aint never been tah New York city view?
GUMMIT- noun. A bureaucratic state or Federal institution. Usage: "Them gummit boys are sure ignert."
 
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 9:01 am

Jetguy that was hilarious Smile
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Mon Aug 06, 2001 8:13 am

Good one Jetguy  Big thumbs up

Why do we need another international language? I think as French is already considered an official in several global organizations, so it seems logical that that be next. Well, that and the average Frenchman's reluctance to learn English being greater than any other nation  Smile

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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Mon Aug 06, 2001 9:00 am

Hey, Jetguy, ya otter be ratcheer, in Miss Sippi! (That's the next one over fum Bammer!)
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RE: What Will Be The Next International Language?

Mon Aug 06, 2001 9:23 am

Hi !!!

Spanish or Chinese, but i think i will be Spanish. I hope because i decide to learn Spanish. This language is spoken in Europe, the USA and central and south America. Chinese is only spoken in China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Greetings from Germany

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