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Found on my feed - FRENCH: LINGUA FRANCA

Ranger
Posts458Likes274Joined8/7/2018LocationAlmeria / ES
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Scrolled past this on my Facebook this morning 

https://www.ozy.com/acumen/french-lingua-franca/31780?utm_medium=SM&utm_source=FB&utm_name=CPC 

Interesting theory not sure I envision it to be perfectly honest ... What are your opinions ? 

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Dwarf
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It's hard to believe right now that French will become the lingua franca again... even if a demographic boom in the African states could bump the world’s percentage of French speakers from 3 percent today to 8 percent by 2050, it does not mean French will become an important business language again.

I believe Chinese can become the next lingua franca. 

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Ent
Posts835Likes505Joined18/3/2018LocationBellingham / US
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Jade.Xuereb wrote:
What are your opinions ?

Very unlikely. I doubt I'll see English passed up in my lifetime, and in fact I wouldn't be surprised if it would be more dominant on my deathbed than it was on my cradle. But that won't stop me from speaking French, Chinese or any of my other languages. 

I'm reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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I agree I think English seems to be so widely taught. I also see the younger generations taking it and evolving it into something else. A broken modern English. 

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