Don't Insist On English
Found a great video on world languages, which will broaden your perspective on languages. Check it out
At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas
like most TED subjects, this seems to be long on creativity but short on praticality.
The people who need to see this video the most wouldn't come at it with an open mind, I fear.
You can pretty much see it in a few of the youtube comments, which is quite sad. But I hope with people like us who enjoying learning new languages and different cultures and start a new trend that will pick up in the next few years. Maybe like a language Olympics!...That's a great idea actually!
How incredibly close-minded. That's disgusting. Just because someone has a different idea than you personally have, you brand them close-minded. In reality, it's you that is close-minded, because you think only you are right, and are not accepting of other viewpoints. Plus that makes you a hypocrite on top of it.
That's close-minded. You clearly think that only your viewpoint is the correct one. There's room for all viewpoints, not just one - at least, for some people, although clearly not for you. Plus, like others on this thread, you're being a hypocrite - acting all open-minded, when, really, you subscribe to one ridgid viewpoint, and are not in any way accepting of others differing views.
While I do believe in letting languages take their natural course of rise and fall in the world, people should not be forced into using a single language in order to accomplish something. That's the beauty of many languages: It gives everyone a voice.
And as an addition to my first thought, I do believe though in preserving endangered or extinct languages for future generations to enjoy and study.
There are other ways of looking at this. TED talks often have good points, but also often present an extremely biased point of view. No, it is not preventing great ideas in other languages - I am sure it did, once upon a time, but in today's easy-to-translate, global world, no, no, no. Plus, there are actually many who have benefited from the predominice of English, in terms of spreading their ideas, ie people who speak relatively uncommon languages, who also speak English, and who are able to present their ideas to other non-native english speakers who also speak english.....it is common, actually, because of the prodominice of english as a second language. I saw it myself, many times, in vietnam. The prodominice of a common second langauge means many people have a common language, and they would not ordinarly have one, and would not be able to speak or spread their ideas as easily. Everything has a down side and an up side - not just a down side.