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jonathan taveras

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Are we moving towards a global language? if so, are there any up to the task?

..as our debate grew steadily, my brother and I considered for a moment that we may have to agree to disagree on this one. He was adamant. " it's already been chosen!!" he says, "English!". The first and most obvious answer. Of course english! America being the powerhouse, global superpower that it is,..knowing the language becomes a tool to forge your destiny in the world!…tall order.. technically most people on the planet speak mandarin, so i'd say they pretty much have a head start. But my focus went deeper, and this is usually where My brother looses it. Does it necessarily even have to be a spoken language that originated from a specific peoples? I asked. What is language in the first place? WHy did we first need to create these sounds with our mouths? Major eye rollage…I continue..at the very least to transmit information easily and efficiently? Spirituality,science, technology,..all leading us towards unity. he definitely agrees here and says, "english" in a way that I know he is no longer interested in debating. like when your winning in monopoly. So I've been wondering about it for a couple of days now and decided to ask the community what your take on this is?


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      Dec 11 2013: very good point here. words like selfie and twerking are new additions to the language. Even more interesting is the completely new language of memes and emoticons. New creations like--BRB and LOL. Can this be the emergence of a new language?

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