Should there be a shared global language for trade, diplomacy, and politics?

Posted by: TheDefiantian

This poll is not asking whether or not any nation should adopt a specific languages as their official language, but rather if the whole world should switch to that one particular language for specific purposes.

  • Yes.

  • No.

80% 12 votes
20% 3 votes
  • Well, English is being learned worldwide. There are more English speakers in India than in the U.S.

  • English is the largest one currently. You are asking if pidgin languages and lingua francas should exist, and I think they should/

  • Esperanto! It already exists and its very easy to learn, not to mention being culturally neutral.

    Posted by: Stefy
  • We already deal in English for business. Having different languages around creates diversity, something interesting and cultural. We should celebrate differences, not simply change everyone to just be quick and easy.

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58539672 says2015-07-09T10:53:08.6080673-05:00
We kind of already have one... English. In most international sectors (especially anything that involves business) English is the most spoken language to communicate. Even a powerhouse like China has english speaking requirements for a lot of business workers. English is also one of the six official languages of the UN, so most countries are familiar with it.
TheDefiantian says2015-07-09T11:53:50.7228187-05:00
I have an elaborate argument that there should only be one such language, and that other languages may be used for other types of communication, like within a country or small political entity. I argue that English should not be the global language.
tommytom says2015-07-09T13:10:22.8240595-05:00
Esperanto is another language, though I do not believe it is that popular really.
58539672 says2015-07-09T14:43:08.3291457-05:00
For international trade, English is the de facto language mostly because of the US dominance of the global economy.

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