English and global languages

This is featuring again in conversations, probably due to Brexit and the freedom granted by the media to express multiple racist comments (apparently over 150 in reply to a local news story about a new child from Calais being reunited with family).
I don’t agree with the idea /ideology of English being the universal language – and I think it’s in most cases due to the immaturity of computing to date as well as global trade.

It appears to be further evidence of the ossification of UK/US with structures so solidified that it has very little flexibility to adapt.

I have started a Russian language course and although I’d quite like to travel back in time and have words with St Cyril about character case; some of it is quite similar to Turkish and I can say please, thank you, water, fruit, coffee, tea so once I have kick, block, strike and punch 😉

However hard it is for Brits & US citizens to adapt, it is possible by learning other languages and I do believe that a multi lingual world is all for the better. You can’t just reduce a language to one set of words and say this is how it’s going to be, that ignores the sources which make up languages in the first place.

Top Internet languages:

What the British Library says about English as a global language: http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/case-studies/minority-ethnic/

What the Oxford English dictionary has to say about its sources:  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/the-history-of-english

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