Why English?

@cip116 (1011)
Romania
June 13, 2010 3:27am CST
I have read several opinions about the fact that many people are not satisfied members who do not write correctly in English. It is their right to an opinion. I do not know of any international law requiring English Great discoverers were Spanish and Portuguese. Great empires in the world were Italy,Germany,France,Russia,Turkey... Cultures were mixed in each country and different communities live in peace Why English has become the first international language? (I hope that nobody will beat me for this topic
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@yugasini (12824)
• Anantapur, India
13 Jun 10
hi cip, i am trying to find a big stick to beat you(kidding),what you have written is correct,but the English people have the chance to rule so many countries in the world,so the English,the English rulers are imposed the English language under their rule,just like that English was popular,nothing to worry,have a nice day
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
History is simple but I delays as these rules have only made progress
@yugasini (12824)
• Anantapur, India
13 Jun 10
hi cip, thanks for the response,that is Britishers luck to spread the English all over the world,have a nice day
@yugasini (12824)
• Anantapur, India
13 Jun 10
hi hay, thanks for the response,that is common to every people who does not know English,after learning the English,then it will become so easy to every body,that is a tradition,imposing such rule is better,to learn an international accessible language that is English,have a nice day
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Hello Cip, I believe it has something to do with who's the most dominating and powerful country of that time. during the medieval times, Spain and Portugal were amongst more powerful nations then that latin was the most popular and most spoken language, until the spain's defeat from england which spark the popularity in english, which become more popular in the US's own english language since after the World War II. still this day, US is still the most powerful nation on the planet, despite of it's financial crisis.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
So historically,America has saved people in World War II,they required technology and we must be grateful to speak their language
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@youless (92287)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Jun 10
I think the language somewhat relates to the power of a country. If a country becomes much more powerful and important in the world, then its language will be important, too. This is why English has a big effect on the world. Besides, compare to other languages, I think English is easier to learn. I love China
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
For me,any foreign language is not easy to learn But for MyLot I will make sacrifices
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@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 10
Forget about these people and let them carry on riding their high horse,i personally believe that myLot is a great platform to practice one's english,since postings are short,great way to improve on written form ,especially when posting and responding and reading the response from members who have better proficiency in english,ones english will definitely improve over time,and besides that,as long as the gist of the posting is understood,i am fine with that,
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
who does not understand can ask explanations
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@manokob (19)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
hi inday pagka poringit sa imong views. well as you meant to say that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion.its fine with me anyway. my little rejoinder is that in terms of global super powers, U.S.A is on top and as such the U.S. of A extends its vast powers toward international treaties with many countries. Nevertheless terms and conditions stipulated in the treaties are therefor stated in U.S. language...the majority language of the American espongklonkgs.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
You are right If they were not Americans(of English parents),we could not use the internet now
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@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
13 Jun 10
I wish i could answer you on this one. As i am english myself, i can understand why people have trouble with it. I cannot speak or write any other language and those who are from different tongues have to do it in english. Cruel actually. TATA.
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@zralte (4186)
• India
13 Jun 10
My husband call it 'the curse of being an English'. He said that it is difficult for him to learn any other language because there is always someone he can speak to in English.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
I think the worst thing is in music. There are singers and bands of music,composing some wonderful songs in their mother tongue. Then they try to write songs in English and is something embarrassing
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
13 Jun 10
Same problem here, zralte Cip, they should rather do the songs in their own tongue. It would make more sense, i think.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Jun 10
I just think that is because the English went about conquering all parts of the world and spread the language with every conquest. In India English came into use during the 200 years of English domination and despite freeing the country of the English rulers, we are still left with the legacy of the English language. At one point the English used to say that the sun never sets on the English empire and that was the time when the internationalization was happening so that might be the reason why English became the international language of choice. Cheers! Ram
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
200 years is very long time and many generations
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Jun 10
Yes, and it has taken a lot for India to come out of the complex due to it. After 50 years now we are seeing India slowly emerge out of that. Cheers! Ram
@oldchem1 (8144)
13 Jun 10
Firstly I think that the reason why English is the first International Language has been well explained. But I must say as an English person I get very annoyed and embarrassed at the amount of English people who travel abroad and take it for granted that everyone can understand them. Myself I only speak French and German with a sprinkling of Spanish and Italian, but any other country I go to I always learn a few basic words like please, thank you, hello, etc just so that I can show I have tried a little. God help any foreigner visiting England who doesn't speak the language because there are so few of us who could translate for them! I think that the non English speakers on this site do a fantastic job, I am really impressed and I know were it me writing on a French or German site my words would look shocking!! I think also that this must be an excellent opportunity for people to practise their English and in no way should people be critisised for their attempts at the language.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
When I came here on myLot,I thought that I can not talk and laugh with the British. But look,I just laugh a lot
@oldchem1 (8144)
13 Jun 10
You do really well, I have no problem at all understanding your English. I always worry that perhaps I use too much slang and other members don't really understand what I am saying
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@vijayanths (7878)
• India
13 Jun 10
hi cip, why should some one beat you for your opinions. You have full freedom to write your thoughts. May be because they captured many countries all over the world in last 4 or 5 centuries. India is a country of rich culture and civilization..
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
This is important,culture and civilization of a people to be respected
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
13 Jun 10
I also ask the same question. It is not that I am against any English speaking culture, or people. I was just curious, and what is the history and the effect in it? The only reason I knew it is that U.S. won the WWII, and split power balance with Russia. After that, they gain their superpower. People admire U.S. more than ever. What about now? Would our history change again. Like China has the most population, and I think more than 1/3 of Earth Population speak Chinese. Can it be the largest people speaking Language in the World? I hope you won't beat me to say that too.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
Today I saw on TV ,Shanghai has proposed that in 2020 will became Center of economic world
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
13 Jun 10
Because Britain used to be the most powerful country when geographical great discovery. And they dominate America for a long time so Americans speak English. And then the U.S. become the most powerful country after independance followed Britain. Besides, we Chinese used to have an opportunity to let Chinese become the international language. But we were so nearsighted that we gave it up. It's cruel but real that the culture expansion must be accompanied with sword and blood in history!
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
History has shown that all great empires have been disbanded and is great loss for people who have lost their own culture
@zralte (4186)
• India
13 Jun 10
Hi cip, no one will beat you for this, least of all me. Just as every one have their rights to an opinion, you have a right to your opinion too. As for your question, English has become the first international language because it is most widely spoken all over the world. Simple reason. But that does not mean that every body should speak English and that those who don't speak are not right or anything. I have noticed that too, that some members complain about another member's use of English. I think the best way to deal with this is just ignore them. Not every one can speak perfect English, even the English don't speak perfect English always. Grammatical error, spelling mistake,etc are bound to happen. And some member who complain about poor English also make lots of mistakes. So, if any one complains about your English or other's English, just take it in stride and smile to yourself. That's my best advice for that.
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@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
In my country if a stranger comes to visit ,is treated as a guest,even though he knows no English any person gives his,explanations,drawing or signs
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
14 Jun 10
probably English is easier to deal with.. but there are other languages too.... but..the pronunciation...the efforts etc depends a lot on the native people... the concept of an international language as you know came into being for trade,travel... thanks for starting the discussion.. have a great day/night....
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
Is it because English is the easiest to learn? It is not my native language but we learned English has been our medium of instruction since we started school. I find it a very crisp and portable language. Other languages amaze me and are so intricate that I easily give up learning them.
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@lovieron (129)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
We don't actually know why english was chosen to be the international language but i think living on one world called "earth" we do need to understand one another not just using sign language, having one international language is a great help in understanding what other people or rather countries need/s. Being able to live fully you must not only help yourself but live for others as well and to be able to understand other you must/have to communicate not just gestures but talking would be better cause gestures or sigh language could be sometimes misinterpreted.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
So,we should be happy that we are together ,here on myLot
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• Mexico
13 Jun 10
Hi again cip: Yes it's a pleasure to be here in Mylot comunicating with people all around the world in English but I agree with your suggestions, it won't be wrong that people have the oportunity to talk in their own languajes too. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
@lovieron (129)
• Philippines
13 Jun 10
We'll that is why there are translator who are specialized in different language. Of course we are all free to speak of our own languages but what I only hate is that in our country, you are sometimes force to speak in English though that is not your native language.
@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jun 10
cip hi okay Iam from the United States and why not English? We need some language all can use and English was selected and why not? what the heck is wrong with the US okay we are a young country yet we have helped almost all the countries you have named, and we have been there in times of crises every time. Yes I will beat you ,he h e, thirty lashes with a wet noodle, do not want to leave any bruises lol. Good heavens do not suggest German as an international language,that is one of the hardest for me, it sounds like they are gargling half the time. I think maybe English was the easiest of the languages to learn, and anyway English is composed of words from all over the world. So again I s ay What the heck is Wrong with English? But for me I do not criticize anyone here who does not write a correct sentence in English as we are human beings and humans are indeed human, that is they are not perfect.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
English is the most beautiful language and most... Now,give me a bowl of noodles Hatley I propose,here on myLot,every day another group of languages Sunday only English because we are more
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@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Jun 10
hi cip oh come on share it that makes me hungry a bowl of noodles,put some chicken in it and we would have chicken and noodles he het That would be an interesting experiment different groups of languages, I know a little french, and some Spanish but thats about all,oh yes some Latin too.he he.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
13 Jun 10
Hi Cip.. Nice topic to discuss... I trust English became the international language because of the British Empire... There was time when they used to say that 'sun never sets in British Empire...' They have been all over the world... From East to West!!! I trust that is the reason why English is made international language... Just my opinion...
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
and now,the sun never sets on myLot
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
13 Jun 10
Oh yes, That is wonderfully true!!! Sun never sets on myLot... People keep writing here from all over the world... That proves the statement... 'Sun Never Sets on MyLot!!'
@topffer (34646)
• France
13 Jun 10
You forgot British and Inca empires : they had also their period of glory. We are both speaking latin languages and their grammar is very difficult for a non latin speaker ; they have a lot of shades, and a misinterpretation is easy. I had some spare time when I was writing my thesis 25 years ago, and I took Arabic courses for beginners during a year : it is the most finely-shaded language I ever tried to learn. I think that English is easier to learn. Many of us are doing grammatical errors because it is not our native language, but we are able to understand each other better than in another one. There are other clear languages that should have been used internationally, like German or Dutch. English became a widely spoken language after the first World War, when the United States and the British Empire were powerful. I know that some members don't appreciate our bad English, but I also know that if myLot had not a don't "post discussions, responses or comments criticizing members for bad/broken English or bad spelling. Everyone is welcome at myLot (...)" I should have probably not joined. I am grateful that myLot gave me the opportunity to meet all kind of people around the world, and to improve my English everyday.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
We try as we can That reminds me of a funny thing. I was in Germany. I asked about a destination. A friendly gentleman told me that I need to take bus 69 to 10m from the place where we talk. I boarded the bus,I went 10 stations and...I was left alone in the bus. The driver looked in the mirror,raised eyebrows and then I understood. The bus was good...but not direction
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@topffer (34646)
• France
14 Jun 10
Many years ago, I worked a year in a city at 120 kms of where I was living. I was taking a train at 6 in the morning and was at destination an hour later. One day, I fall asleep and awake at the terminus station in Paris. It was 9 o'clock... I phoned to my employer that I was very tired and wanted to take the day as an holiday . I never said what happened, but I remember I spent a good 'holiday' .
@calixto21 (103)
• Argentina
13 Jun 10
English has become the international language basically after the cold war between Russia and the States, long history, the states became a superpower and now all the world speaks in that language, anyway for me english is the most easy language to learn, i've tryed to talk with americans that have like 5 or 7 years in spanish (my mother language) annd belibe me, they just suck, and i learnt english just by going on chat rooms.In languages like spanish, italian, portuguese and french you have a word for almost everything and in english 1 word could means many things, and the sentence structure is really simple.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
I have seen many movies,American students are registered for Spanish classes
• China
13 Jun 10
Beating you. No i will salute you to ask this question. Well as much as i know English become 1st international language that because many people speak English in this world and other language more difficult then english. That's it's become 1st international language.
@cip116 (1011)
• Romania
13 Jun 10
you are right ,it is a simple language(not for me