Hang on, before we go rolloing off the thread and getting at each other's neck, allow me bring us back to within OP and the subsequent post's context.beppi wrote:I never said so!
But in the eyes of some, you are a lesser being for not speaking French (or Chinese, or Russian, or ...).
And if it is true that the main difference between humans and lesser beings is the ability to talk, surely you become an even higher being by talking more!
(Or is that "talking morely"?)
Hey i was joking. Fully agree with you though that it is not helpful in an international context as it is hard to understand for a non-initiated English speaker.sundaymorningstaple wrote:If they want to be taken seriously on the international stage, they they will need to change. wwww's comments, while somewhat valid, are void as the comparison to Australian English is different in as much as Aus, Canadian, American English still all follow proper sentence structure/grammar. Singlish does not. Until it does, it will always be a sub-normal pidgin and never a dialectic variation of the English Language.
Agree but I do not think it is a wishful thinking. It will become a realitybeppi wrote:One of the major factors of English becoming the word's lingua franca was an economic and military superpower whose inhabitants didn't speak anything else (thus the others dealing with them had to learn English).
Look at the economic (and also, although less obvious yet, military) development of the world and you see that you can replace "English" by "Chinese" in the not too distant future.
Everything else is wishful thinking!
grant512 wrote:maybe for Chinese based in US? Why learn Mandarin it aint International Language.private schools in the US are teaching their kids Mandarin.
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