View Poll Results: What language will we speak in 125 years?

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  • Chinese

    3 8.11%
  • Spanish, central american

    1 2.70%
  • Hindi

    0 0%
  • English ( We will never give in!)

    21 56.76%
  • Japanese

    0 0%
  • African American Vernacular English

    1 2.70%
  • the average american will know 4-5 languages

    1 2.70%
  • Gaelic (We all come to our senses and realize that this is the best language)

    5 13.51%
  • Arabic

    1 2.70%
  • other (state and give reason)

    4 10.81%
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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    English will be more widespread globally than it is today. It is something that has about reached a critical mass and isn't likely to change even as the global economy becomes more oriented toward Asia. In this part of the world, there are few languages that are spoken widely in more than one or two countries. The language used in commerce between those countries is more often English than any other. Even in this part of the world, more countries use English as an official language than any other language. Most commerce between countries within this region is also done in English, not Chinese, not Japanese, not Hindi, not Indonesian... nothing is going to change this anytime in the foreseeable future...
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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Within 125 years, more than 80% of the thousands of languages spoken by humans will be dead languages. A majority will be extinct.

    There are linguists and anthropologists who are treating this as a terrible tragedy, as a monumental loss of human culture and learning. I call it progress. The fewer languages spoken by humanity, the more accessible the whole of human knowledge is to every individual human being.

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Is this poll being spammed by the Welsh and Irish???
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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Is this poll being spammed by the Welsh and Irish???
    We stole their lucky charms.

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    -- The language used in commerce between those countries is more often English than any other. Even in this part of the world, more countries use English as an official language than any other language. Most commerce between countries within this region is also done in English, not Chinese, not Japanese, not Hindi, not Indonesian... nothing is going to change this anytime in the foreseeable future...
    Agreed, English "English" will simply continue to grow as the language of international business. This will continue to annoy the heck out of the French who always wanted French to be the dominant language of the world.

    I sat on a train 4 weeks ago next to a German industrialist speaking to his Italian prospective market and learned a heck of a lot about the german guy's company, assets and portfolio.

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    A mix of English and Chinese... just like on Firefly.

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    A mix of English and Chinese... just like on Firefly.
    Go tsao de bastard I was going to make the Firefly reference!

    (oh god does it count as bypassing the profanity filter if it's in Chinese? )
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Latin.

    My prediction is sound.
    We already do.
    A good portion of English is based on Latin, the rest on old German.
    No question, a man from today would be unable to comprehend 22nd century "English"....
    A millennium from now, there may be but one language.
    Chinese(written) seems to be far too complex and far too easy to misintreprit.....same with the other "non-alphabet" languages.

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    Re: What Language will we speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    We already do.
    A good portion of English is based on Latin, the rest on old German.
    No question, a man from today would be unable to comprehend 22nd century "English"....A millennium from now, there may be but one language.
    Chinese(written) seems to be far too complex and far too easy to misintreprit.....same with the other "non-alphabet" languages.
    I don't think English will change so much in 100 years. In fact, with the development of printing being widespread, it seems the change of the English language has been much slower. Heck, most of us can read Shakespearian/Elizabethan English from four hundred years ago, but the difference between the English of that era and the English of Chaucer is vast indeed...

    Frankly, if we met someone from 100 years ago, I think most of us would have little difficulty commuicating with him/her...
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