|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Weekly Themes » English as a Global Language Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#20193 - 02/26/01 10:31 AM English as a Global Language
In the initial posting, I related to the idea of loss [of other languages] as English becomes global. I think a language defines how people think, and I think it's important to have multiple points of view. Although I don't speak Japanese, I have heard that they don't have a word for "bird" because they always refer to the TYPE of bird. This reflects a mode of thought. I am currently learning Italian, and have learned that Italian doesn't have words for "privacy" and "shopping" (although they have recently adopted the English for these). I wish that all English speakers, new or adopted, could make an effort to learn at least one other language to keep the other cultures alive, and thus give depth to our world.
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Ghandi_________________________
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Ghandi
#20194 - 02/26/01 12:55 PM Re: English as a Global Language
learn at least one other language
Welcome a-Board Phoebe. Yes, if we all pusued that laudable aim, we would still only be rejoining the majority - since the largest bulk of humanity takes a bilingual or even multilingual society as the norm!
Forum Stats 8728 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members GrandmaCoo, ShellsnBells, charmingthemuse, toddster, Mussaf
8728 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (1 invisible), 23 Guests and 3 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 114 endymion6 104 wofahulicodoc 75 jenny jenny 51 A C Bowden 44 Tromboniator 8 tsuwm 8 Bazr 8 FoFong 4 Faldage 3
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11609 tsuwm 10521 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 LukeJavan8 6419 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400 BranShea 5282
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith