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Old 06-22-2010, 01:45 PM
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British ex-foreign minister calls French "useless" language

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Chris Bryant, Minister for Europe under former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on Wednesday defended referring to French as a "useless language" the previous day in parliament.

Bryant says that Britain could suffer internationally from not having enough people speaking modern foreign languages.

And “French is no longer the language of diplomacy or of business,” he told AFP.

He wants the government to encourage people to learn Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic - the languages Bryant says are "now spoken by many people in the fast-growing economies."

French has long been the first foreign language taught in British schools, followed by German and Spanish.

The former foreign minister's statement sparked protests from the governing Conservatives, who called the remark “insulting” to Britain’s neighbours that still conduct their business en français.
http://www.english.rfi.fr/europe/201...eless-language

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Old 06-22-2010, 02:03 PM
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Although many wont like his remarks, but he might be right

It sure is good stuff for media.
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Well a language is never useless IMO. It depends of the purpose and where you use it.

I believe that it will be common for everyone to learn a few languages for different purpose because with the globalization it will be easier to communicate.

Look long time ago the Latin was a common language, who knows which language people will use the most in two or three centuries...
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Although many wont like his remarks, but he might be right

It sure is good stuff for media.
At the very beginning, I really dislike what he said. But when I saw your sentence, I must say I agree with you!
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