Say What? British Council Identifies the Key Languages for the Next 20 Years

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2 responses to “Say What? British Council Identifies the Key Languages for the Next 20 Years

  1. The real problem is if you know English you don’t really need to know anything else. Languages are nice, but I think (reluctantly) they need to be sacrificed to build up a new global identity. English is the most common second language and the internet is mostly English, and so we need to focus on the world speaking English to ensure countries are not left out of the technological developments to come. Debates about other languages are a side-show.

    • I think that your point about the Internet was much more true a few years ago. In the early 2000s it was almost impossible to have a satisfying Internet experience in most languages, but now some of the biggest sites on the Web aren’t even on the radar of Anglophones. Nevertheless, with pretty much everybody around the world learning English, the incentives for native English-speakers to branch out are, as you allude to, that bit more difficult to discern.

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