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Hugo Wagner

Graduate Student - Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley


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Is our destiny to be one world with one language?

Are we heading towards a world with one common language?
If you think so, do you believe that it will happen naturally (because globalization requires it) or because of one country's leading "soft power"?
Would it enhance international cooperation and promote better understanding between countries?

On the other hand, what would it mean for human cultures and civilizations?


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    Aug 25 2011: I feel that it is somewhat difficult to speculate because if it were to happen I feel it would be very very far in the future. Some people want to hold onto their language as hard as they can. So, to have one universal language would mean the possibility of their "home" language to disappear. The reason that everyone would end up using the same language is because of how "small" the world is becoming with technology. So, I will be interested to see what happens....

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