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mrh-slos asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Do you think that,because of Brexit, that French will gradually replace English as the main international language?

or maybe Spanish?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    French used to be the international language.  It still is sort of, albeit in "second place" after English.  But it never went away completely.  On US passports, everything is written first in English, then in French.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    English is a universal language. While complex in some ways...it is easy to speak and can be "truncated" so that people get their message across. It is far more flexible than many languages. Spanish...weird conjugations and rigid in many ways.

    French is AWFUL. Hard to pronounce and the FRENCH PEOPLE themselves are STICKLERS for proper pronunciation. It is why people think they can be VERY RUDE.

    Airports around the world...MUST use English for radio communications. I don't see pilots speaking anything but English to get their messages across universally.

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  • 1 month ago

    It'd be really funny if that happened after the huge amount of time, money and effort most European citizens have put into learning English.

    English is even used to discriminate against people (you're stupid and low class if your English is poor), and has fueled classicism since the poor have less resources to become proficient in a foreign language like English.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because of Brexit and Trump, English is fast losing ground and may be gradually replaced by Mandarin or Spanish. The fact that it is now mandatory in European schools will surely change, unless they consider it an enemy language to be kept in the program.

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  • AgProv
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    French is largely irrelevant; Spanish, on the other hand, spoken worldwide, and the second language of the USA, in terms of numbers. But if you want languages set to supplant English - Chinese, definitely, and it has hindi/Urdu coming up behind it!

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  • 1 month ago

    What does it matter what anyone here 'thinks'? Either French WILL replace English, or it won't. Our opinions as expressed here will have no effect at all on the final result.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Questions about the answerer are not allowed here.

    Looking at number of native speakers, German would be a more logical choice.

    looking at ease of learning, Esperanto would make even more sense

    and just last week I read about a Dutch secondary school replacing French with Spanish.

    In most european countries, secondary schools have English as mandatory subject

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No..... English was the main international language long before we joined the EU.

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  • 1 month ago

    Not a chance. English is basically the 'official language of the world' now.

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  • 1 month ago

    Nope. English was the main international language looong before the EU was even formed. Did you not know that?

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  • 1 month ago

    The main international language is not British English, it's American English.

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    • Gloria
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      @ fdf It's funny because American English is not even considered proper English.  Americans are full of themselves.  I suggest you see the movie "My Fair Lady"   

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