Re: [langue-fr] L'anglais est-il une langue universelle ?

From: Erland Sommarskog (
Date: Mon Dec 25 2000 - 19:29:48 EST

Alain LaBonté  <> poste un message très longe:
> Is English the best marketing and communication tool?

Le texte dit un chose, le choix de langue, un autre.

>For instance, Slavs like Serbs or Bulgarians might feel more comfortable
>in Russian next to their own native tongue.

Peut-être. Mais je suis assez sûr ce n'est pas vrai pour un polonais.
Et aussi en Boulgarie, je crois que l'anglais et la première langue

> A Korean will master Japanese in very little time.

Vous êtes sûr? Les langues ne sont pas prettes, et les japonaise ne sont
pas très popularie en Corée...

The tremendous variety of languages appears less awesome when we

> This is only one aspect of the problem. As a minority, what right do native
> English speakers have to foist English upon a world majority ?

Oh, but it is not only the English speakers. May I present some
nine millions Swedes to assist them? That is, most of my fellow countrymen
appears not to be able to even consider the possibility of communicating
with in any other language than Swedish or English. And Swedish is only
used in a confined context. The French are very impoular in Sweden,
because "they don't speak French". (Truth is most people in France
speak English, but they often prefer if you make a token attempt to
speak French first. If you French is not good enough, they will swift

(Myself, I'm not really like that. My own idea of a good holiday trip
is that not speaking English exepct as a last resort.)

Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm,
I'm not in love. It's not even a phase I'm going through.

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