English as Lingua Fran(k)a

English as Lingua Fran(k)a

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  • Uncle Frank, how did English get everywhere?
  • It all began when the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes took over the Celtics in the British Isles.
  • When the Normans invaded The British Isles, French words were incorporated into Old English, the Anglo-Saxons' language.
  • French was associated with higher class, while the peasants' English was associated with lower class. The peasants tried to incorporate French words to sound sophisticated.
  • English continued to diffuse, as the British colonized and built America, and the U.S. then spread the language to other places like the Philippines.
  • Using English to communicate is very common now since many countries were British colonies. So, often, companies that don't speak a partner's language will use English as a common language.
  • Hello, it's very nice to meet you. so today we will be discussing the new trading agreement ...
  • Oh, what? You said Franca? huh, like your name!
  • Now, English is being used even when it's not for trade/communication. A lot of countries, like Korea use English in songs and everyday life. Taiwan is even making English an official language. Now that's the story of how English became a Lingua Franca.
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