In Florida, New York, LA and Chicago, Korean, Spanish, Russian and Chinese have long since trumped English as the reigning lingua franca. Perhaps, indeed hopefully in Britain, it's slightly different
Yes, America is made up of diverse communities but English reigns supreme in the United States. There are a lot of Spanish spoken in Miami but the majority of Florida is English speaking, Miami is only one town! I have been in New York several times and everybody seems to speak English, I have never heard Korean spoken on the streets and even if it is, I am sure that they use English in international communications.
Poor spelling in English is not to be unexpected.
It has less logic to it than any other language in t
I must admit that my English spelling is dreadful.
hat does not mean that Spanish, for example, is more widely understood across the whole variety of other communities. It may cross ethnic boundaries more than other languages, but how do an English speaker, a Korean speaker and a Polish American have a conversation in the US?
I think the point is that economics equals power and London, New York and Tokyo speak to each other in English. In the World generally,very few people know English outside of England, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the small island of the United States of America. Obviously, Polish has a great advantage when it comes to international trade! All the major banks, publishing houses, advertising, marketing ect ect ect around the World use English. As I say, with the collapse of Communism we are already seeing the Polish Language under massive pressure, the number of English words that have filtered in to the language is embarrassing! One reason why I do not ever go there since the fall of Communism. If they think so little of their own language then how can they be trusted with anything else? As for German, well, German has always been a minority language like Polish.
English is NOT REQUIRED even for voting and obtaining a valid driving license, frankly, I'm no longer so
I imagine from this statement that you have invested your life savings in German-Spanish phrase books!
German, the latter at least, still immensely practical, since, when foreign German majors DO actually speak German, generally, they know what they're
Who outside of Germany learns German? It is very much a minority language.