ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The War Against the English Language

Updated on June 19, 2013
Viva la France!
Viva la France!

Like many nations, France, is horribly proud and nationalistic about themselves. Call it conceded but of all the nations in the EU, France continues to feel inferior to the English language. Other countries embrace the language and while France is also, the French government now has declared a linguistic war on English, the language.

While CNN recently made this a headline and a funny one or trite to most Americans, the French have declared war on English throughout their history. Maybe they wished they had never sold the vast Louisiana territory back in 1803 for very little money or had not been beaten in the French-Indian War when America was born. Maybe they are jealous that France was the major world power back when America was born and now? Just think about Justin Bieber, he's a millionaire while his dad or mom makes $40-50,000 a year.

In any case, they the object of the dominance of English as a foreign language in schools, use of English in companies, on TV, in European institutions and the lack of a vigorous policy for spreading French language and culture. English is used universally in business and IT. Specifically, its not just English (as in British English, which they seem to be okay with) but American English. American culture-movies and music drown out similar artists originating in France. In NATO, English is used between differing countries in the field and command levels. On TV, some American shows or movies are no longer translated. In former French colonies in Africa, many use English instead of French. There are many American shopping franchises in France. The French feel their culture has been eroded by the English language. I get it. Many Americans feel the same about Spanish in many US states, where it seems to be everywhere. Large urban centers have TV, radio and print totally in Spanish. There is Spanglish- a mix of English and Spanish, used by many second generation Hispanics.

So, the French Minister of Culture has declared war on American English trying to limit how it is used, where it is used and to what extent. Unlike France, I don't see the US declaring war on Spanish. We will embrace it and marry both languages to an extent.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      well, to most foreigners trying to learn English, English is one of the more difficult languages to master because of the nuances to it, pronunciation etc. I hear this all the time. Yet, I consider french and German WAY more difficult to master for an American.

    • CHRIS57 profile image

      CHRIS57 

      5 years ago from Northern Germany

      The English language is the common denominator. English is plain simple. Not much messing with sophisticated grammar. Read a book of 100 pages in English and compare to the same contents in French. You will have to work yourself through 150 pages. That gives English speakers a little advantage over French and other romanic languages. On the other hand English is quite difficult when it comes to align writing and pronounciation. That is where Italian is best.

      I don´t have any bad experience in France, but i speak the language. However the French are very specific about their national pride and culture in particular. But which country isn´t?

    • Vega Vallari profile image

      Nicole Paschal 

      5 years ago from Saint Petersburg, Florida

      Great article. I heard something similar about the French while living in Germany. Some one told me once that it is not nationalism, but rather the French would rather speak to one in perfect French over bad English..lol In Germany and Scandinavia, it is much different in my opinion. Extremists aside, they seem rather excited about being multi-lingual and using the English language. Although eager to test my German, individuals would rather reply/speak to me in English seeing I was American ( or at least not German). I know the German government now requires that radio/music channels play at least 10% of German-language media per day if I remember correctly. I was told that they had this idea from France which had implemented stronger protocols years before.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Yes, that is what I have heard for those visiting or living there. If you try to use their language, they are much more friendly.

    • profile image

      Piper 

      5 years ago

      When I lived in Europe (Spain and a brief stint in Normandy), the French were considered the assholes of Europe. Even in France, the non-French French people considered the French to be assholes (Normans, Bretons, Provençals, Basques). I heard worse things said about the French in Spain than they did about Americans (and, in fact, except for their distaste for the American government, pretty much everybody in Tenerife beat a path to my door to talk to me about Baywatch, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Michael Jordon and how much they loved Bill Clinton).

      That said, I had little to no bad experiences in France. Paris is full of pricks, but so is every other big city. Try to use the language and you get a lot of leeway from the French.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Matter of opinion, of course.

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 

      5 years ago from USA

      In what way French is inferior? I consider all languages equal. Isn't it the right of any country to oppose the invasion of a language? After all the Americans see their language as American not English. In matter of languages, I am a purist. Why to say sandwich if you have casse-croute? Maybe instead of jealousy the French want to keep the beauty of their language. Which former colony speaks English instead of French or their native language? You underlined it well, it is English not American that is spoken internationally. Then since it doesn't bother, let's call a lawyer a barrister. You can't draw a parallel between the Spanish in the US and the English in France. It is inaccurate.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Maybe, the thing is that English is the main foreign language being taught there in schools already because of the trade and industry, so there will be no real need. I do not see ever that American schools offering languages other than french and spanish in the middle or high schools.

    • my_girl_sara profile image

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Like it or not, America is still the dominant culture and economy for now. And because of that, English will be the dominant language. When the Chinese are in that position, their language will become dominant.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)