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02/29/2008

Globish: not the only tongue after all

1195897193.jpgI recently wrote in my French-speaking blog that our president, Nicolas Sarkozy, should not ignore the fact that the worldwide language is now GLOBISH. Which means : global English.

I criticized the fact that our president thought it would be useless to broadcast a French TV satellite channel in English. I stand in my positions. However, there is another side of the debate.

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Global citizens should not ignore as well that GLOBISH is not the only language!

Mark Boyle learned it the hard way. This sympathetic 28 years old idealist set out five weeks ago with only T-shirts, a bandage and sandals.

 

Not everyone in our world does speak Globish

This British backpacker, joined by two friends, hoped to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and lodging.
Guess what happened… Well, as soon as he came to France (town of Calais), he realized that not everyone in our world does speak GLOBISH.

246772951.jpg« Sacrebleu », he had to learn French if he wanted to survive! Too much really.

Our poor Peace-pilgrim had to go back home, and consider starting learning French, before relaunching his idealistic journey from the UK to India via Asterix's stronghold.

Morality : the French should certainly learn more GLOBISH….

But English-speaking pilgrims should remember that many inhabitants of the Earth speak only their home-tongue... or speak other languages as well..., but without necessarily speaking Globish.

Everyone has to make an effort, «n’est-ce-pas» ?

To read Mark Boyle’s blog, click here

Commentaires

I don't know about Globish. Mark Boyle would have been more successful if he had learned Esperanto. There is a world-wide network of Espoeranto-speaking people.

I have used Esperanto on my travels in Finland, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia, yes, even in France!

Look at esperanto.net for some background information.

Écrit par : Bill Chapman | 03/10/2008

Yes, but English speakers are faced with a question of which language to learn. Spanish gets you access to a lot of nations but all in the same region of the planet - a region that is less than completely developed. Mandarin gives you lots of people to speak to but most of them live in a crony-capitalistic Marxist hybrid of a state and it is so very different from any of the European languages that a massive disincentive exists to learn it. As for Esperanto, I would wager that it is several orders of magnitude easier to track down an English speaker in Calais (or any town on the planet) than to happen upon an Esperantoniac.

There is no other language that is spoken as a second language in as many nations and regions as English which means that it will always be less beneficial for an English speaker to lean any other language than it is for a non-English speaker to learn English. English speakers would be just as far ahead learning a musical instrument - something that could be understood by everyone.

Écrit par : Saul Wall | 12/02/2008

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