Here, this is the English topic and we can just speak in the Sheakspeare's language.
English, the universal language that we MUST absolutely be able to speak.
It's your turn !
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  • What a quaint idea that Englishmen speak the language of Shakespeare (1564-1616) or that the French speak as Molière (1622-1773)! Happily, there have been some advances in the languages since then. We don't want to fall in a rut, now, do we?
    What a good idea to establish an English-speaking chain, although I see that in the other languages, there are not many participants.
    2000 years ago, many civilised people thought that Latin was the universal language. Now there is a tendancy to say that Latin is a dead language, so please be careful what you say about English if you want it to survive. :)
  • Latin is not dead! But for several people it seemed to a "pretentious" language because it showed the differences between the intellectual and the others (XVI century and after...)
    I'm happy to see this topic here, and I hope there'll have many participants than in the others. I think that this language is the easiest to write although I prefer German ;)
  • I wonder how to translate 'Machine-gun' into latin?
    A universal language can only be one that is available to and spoken by everybody!
    I think it would be better to choose a completely new language for this purpose, in order to avoid jealousy; however, Esperanto has not really taken off as the universal languague of the 20th Century. This is rather a pity.
  • I agree with you.. Latin, english, and other languages can't be universal languages (even if english is considered to ...)because they don't represent the whole culture of the world : but just the one of a larger country than the others... But why would there be a universal language? i'm against people who speak english abroad although they could speak in the language of the country..
  • In that case, I will have to stop speaking English here!
  • I think it's good to have a "universal" language because it allows people to communicate even if they don't come from the same country... :rolleyes:
    If I don't know how to manage in english I would certainly never met some person with whom I'm still in touch now... :)
    It could be good in a society in which a lot of people suffer from a lack of communication...
  • JSC, we can like a language without the "will of universality". I like to learn some languages by thirsty of knowledge about another cultures and countries, that's why I think that each country must keep its own language to keep its own culture! I speak english for the english and american culture, not for the universality! But I can conceive that English and other popular languages aren't useless for the universal communication :P
  • Have you ever travelled to English-speaking countries?
  • As far as I'm concerned, I went to Scotland last year... :)
  • I believe sincerely that the best "Queen's English" is not spoken in Oxford, and certainly no longer by BBC announcers, but by educated people in....Edinburgh.
  • Perhaps but, as far as I'm concerned, I think that the non-educated population speaks English with some kind of German accent and pronouncing the "r" like Russians !
  • I don't know many Russians, but is true that northern races in general have not forgotten how to roll their "R"s!
    If you listen to popular singers of the 60s (Jacques Brel, Édith Piaf) and recordings of the great orators of between the two world wars, you'll find that "R"s were also rolled in French until quite recently.
  • Yes, and I must say that I love this pronouciation (I very often listen to Cora Vaucaire, Lucienne Delyle...). But I'm sorry to have taken this topic out of its purpose
  • InaIna Membre
    Lemuria, it's absolutely the case with scousers!
    I lived in liverpool for 2 years and the first months I was a little lost with the prononciation (which is rather particular) and dialect.
    But it's not because they are not educated, it's just a feature of their local heritage.
  • I know that ! But someone talked about the educated people of Edinburgh, that's why I spoke about the "non-educated"
  • InaIna Membre
    Ok, never mind.
    Good evening! ;)
  • I wish i was in Austrolia or Canada next year but the trip is expensive therefore i will probably go in England ! I will see!

    But in Februar I will go to ORLANDO!!!!! I'm so happy!
  • Hadjer a écrit:
    I think it's good to have a "universal" language because it allows people to communicate even if they don't come from the same country... :rolleyes:
    If I don't know how to manage in english I would certainly never met some person with whom I'm still in touch now... :)
    It could be good in a society in which a lot of people suffer from a lack of communication...
    I also think it's good to have a universal language for communication. But that mustn't impech ourselve to learn other languages !
  • impech us = keep us from

    Jichou: London is also very expensive for food, hôtels and sight-seeing.
    It may be worthwhile considering going to Bristol & Bath in the West Country.
  • I also think it's good to have a universal language for communication. But that mustn't impech ourselve to learn other languages !
    Of course, especially when we know how enriching and valuable it is to learn different languages... :)
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