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France was Once the "Universal Language" Why is it now English and What Language do you think will b.. ?

The New Universal Langiage in the Future?

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  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    English will remain as close to universal as any language. It is said that you can hear good English spoken all over the world, with the exception of two places, the UK and the USA. English has become standard in business and in aviation. French is the language of diplomacy, law, and tourism (I used it often to communicate with Arabs in the Middle East [with variable success]). Latin is still the language of pharmacy, allowing you to get a prescription filled in any country, no matter where it was written. There have been at least two attempts to create a universal language. Neither got any traction.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    The "universal language" tends to be that of the country with the greatest military power. Before it was French, it was Latin. Now it's English. The most likely scenario is that we will destroy ourselves before it has time to become some other language.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    There never was a universal language....not in the sense that everybody spoke it, nor in the sense that any human thought and feeling can be expressed in it. English became dominant by colonialism, military force and industry (music-industry, movie-industry, WW2, NATO, internet) and by anglo reluctance to learn other languages.

    If we leave things to the almighty market, the big languages will become bigger and hundreds, maybe thousands, of "small" languages will go extinct.

    If we do the smart thing, hundreds of millions will use Esperanto and maybe some people will create an even better language to be the world's shared SECOND language - so over 6000 languages can stay alive

  • Dr. D
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It could be Chinese, except the Chinese are learning English to conduct business.

    As long as English is the major language in the entertainment and business world, it is difficult to image that it would be replaced.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    English is much easier, that's why.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    French was the international language because it had more words for more things than other languages. Since the rise of Great Britain, English became more popular around the world in places colonized by Britain. The rise of the USA as the major world power after WWII and the popularity of American music (Rock and Roll) also helped establish English as the dominant language

  • 8 months ago

    English will continue to be the "universal language". No, it will not be Chinese or Spanish.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    French is a language of gentlemen. English is a low brow unsophisticated mongrel tongue.

  • 8 months ago

    English became the Universal Language when it was required of all international pilots to speak it.

  • `
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    French; not France.

    And the universal language has always been MONEY.

    The most commonly spoken language was Spanish more recently.

    Before that, the language of law, medicine, business and global communication (written) was Latin.

    It could move to Chinese but who knows since China had the indefinite future in Her hand and let it go?

    • Catherine
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      You know in France we say that the universal language is: SMILE!

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