‘A cardboard cut-out Truth, or God, is easy to manipulate.’
A short time ago I wrote to an international group of friends bemoaning something I think has a negative cultural effect on the English. It is the fact that our language has become the world’s lingua franca. It saps our will to speak other languages, and perpetuates atavistic ideas about ruling the waves. Some of friends agreed, some not. The fullest reply was from a German friend, who said that the advantage to the rest of the world of having only one foreign language to learn outweighs any disadvantage for the English.
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