'Globish' - English in the globalized world by Robert McCrum

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Brian Barker
Local time: 18:41
Esperanto or "Globish" May 23, 2010

Globish reminds me of another project called "Basic English" Unfortunately this failed, because native English speakers could not remember which words not to use icon_smile.gif

So it's time to move forward and adopt a neutral non-national language, taught universally in schools worldwide,in all nations.

As a native English speaker, I would prefer Esperanto

Your readers may be interested in the following video at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.

A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net


 

David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 19:41
German to English
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Trouble is May 24, 2010

esperanto has been around a good hundred years and has not exactly set the world on fire. And having once tried to learn it I would say it is only geared to speakers of European languages and just as difficult as any other language for non Europeans. As to the comment about the native speakers forgetting which words not to use - Globish is not intended for native speakers, but rather for communication between speakers of otehr languages. it appears to be developing naturally (though I have also heard it referred to as ESB - English spoken badly) and will probably play a major role as a lingua franca as the world becomes more and more in need of a simple means of communication. I doubt it will replace learning real languages for more complex communications purposes, but I'm willing to bet it will outperform esperanto (and probably already does).

 


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