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Do you think that English is the universal language? Should there be a universal language?


English is the predominant language in about 70 countries. But if you think it should be the universal language, then why do we need to translate our public documents into so many foreign languages here in the U.S?

 

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    Stephanie Launiu (Hawaiian Scribe) 2 years ago

    Thanks for the facts about Mandarin and Spanish being more widely spoken than English, although I agree that for business itʻs probably English more commonly used.


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    Stephanie Launiu (Hawaiian Scribe) 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comment. I learned from "tsmogʻs" comment that Mandarin and Spanish are more commonly spoken languages in the world, with English coming in 3rd. Interesting...

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    Stephanie Launiu (Hawaiian Scribe) 2 years ago

    Yes, coming from Hawaiʻi where ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi (the native Hawaiian language) was made illegal to be taught in public schools from 1893 until 1983, I know how a language dies out. We are now regrowing the language but itʻs been all uphill.


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    Stephanie Launiu (Hawaiian Scribe) 2 years ago

    I agree, being bilingual is very important in todayʻs world.

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    Stephanie Launiu (Hawaiian Scribe) 2 years ago

    Growing up with English, I didnʻt understand how difficult a language it really is until I tutored ESL and then I saw the silent letters, different pronunciations for same spellings. It is really hard to teach non-English speakers & to learn it.