posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 06:54 AM
Originally posted by kevinunknown
Why should we always be expecting them to learn English, why don’t we try to learn their native tong?
Well, this is worth asking, but how many languages can one reasonably be asked to learn?
1) This board is owned, operated, and originally created in the UK. So it is to be expected that English would be the language spoken here. There are
many fine messageboards in every major and most minor languages for those so inclined. If you are interested in chatting in Arabic or Russian or
Spanish or Chinese, to pick a few examples, there are hundreds and hundreds of boards to choose from. And even if your interest is in a relatively
unknown language like Latvian, you can usually find boards in a given language.
2) Like it or not, at least for now, English is the de-facto global business language. Similar to the way in the middle ages, European international
affiars were conducted in Latin. And in Asia, Korea-China-Vietnam-Japan relations were all conducted (for the most part) in Classical Chinese.
And the trend is not necessaraly representative of some kind of English hegemony. Sometimes, English spoken between two non-native-English speakers is
very useful "neutral ground." In Asia, for example, when Chinese and Japanese businessmen do business, it is common to prefer English to trying to
speak each other's languages. This is because in that situation, choosing Chinese or Japanese could be seen by the other side as "losing face" in
some way due to deferring to the other, for example. I generalize, but this attitude is very, very common in international business.
It may not stay this way forever, but this is the global trend at the moment...
[edit on 8/13/10 by silent thunder]