In Briatin there's a great reluctnace to learn and speak other languages. I like a know how many people in the community are bi/multilingual
sort by best latest
Thank you for your honesty. But you forgot to add that the globe was once 3/4 pink, which meant Brits didn't need to learn anybodies language. Then, as now, only the learned borther. The French held similar attitudes, due to owning the last 1/4.
What colour the globe was is irrelvent as I have no desire to visit other countries anyway and anyone coming to England should learn the language, it's rude not to.
True, and point taken. But I was NOT thinking of people coming to Britain but about things like concept formation and whether there are any benefits that acrue with acquiring additional languages. That's all
Yes there are certain foreign to English words that have specific concepts with no English equivalent. English is so flexible, we do what we have always done, absorb the word into the language.
Thank you for your gracious answer joster. I agree with you whole heartedly, but maybe that's made because English is also not my first language.
We don't learn the rudiments of English grammar in British state schools; not in the '70s anyway