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Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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Sep 25, 2013

This is not strictly off-topic, but anyway...
Here's the fun article: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/britons-urged-to-learn-foreign-2013092579774 "Britons Urged to Learn Foreign"
and here's the "serious" news behind it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24231822
Would be interested in people's views on this one, thanks, Aisha


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Tom in London
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garcon? Sep 25, 2013

Aisha Maniar wrote:

This is not strictly off-topic, but anyway...
Here's the fun article: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/britons-urged-to-learn-foreign-2013092579774 "Britons Urged to Learn Foreign"
and here's the "serious" news behind it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24231822
Would be interested in people's views on this one, thanks, Aisha


I see that the badly-written article thinks "garcon" is a word, in French.

The trouble with lazy-language people is that they've never known what mastery of another language can do - opening a door into a whole other world.

Having quite a few Arab friends, I'm always thinking about learning Arabic, which would give me access to a vast world of poetry about which I know very little, but which is very important to Arabs.

[Edited at 2013-09-25 12:53 GMT]


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Basic English Sep 25, 2013

This is a language invented in 1930 and actively promoted after the Second World War as helping to maintain world peace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_English


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Tom in London
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Well--- Sep 25, 2013

Jack Doughty wrote:

This is a language invented in 1930 and actively promoted after the Second World War as helping to maintain world peace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_English


..it hasn't worked yet !


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Daily Mash Sep 26, 2013

Tom in London wrote:

Aisha Maniar wrote:

This is not strictly off-topic, but anyway...
Here's the fun article: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/britons-urged-to-learn-foreign-2013092579774 "Britons Urged to Learn Foreign"
and here's the "serious" news behind it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24231822
Would be interested in people's views on this one, thanks, Aisha


I see that the badly-written article thinks "garcon" is a word, in French.


I'm not sure the missing cedilla is unintentional there. I think it's part of the joke. The Daily Mash is, after all, one big piss-take.

Re: the actual initiative

I can't see it having any real impact or making the slightest bit of difference really (sadly).


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Tom in London
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No, and............. Sep 26, 2013

Ty Kendall wrote:

I can't see it having any real impact or making the slightest bit of difference really (sadly).


No, and I can't see why English (even in simplifed form) should be the language of world peace.


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