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December 07, 2010

You May Say That I'm A Dreamer But I'm Not The Only One

The whole idea of a world language is rather odd, don't you think?

I love the whole idea of people from every culture and language group being able to....

...do business, share ideas and get to know each other. But the concept of a universal language that is sort of a backdrop to local and indigenous languages just seems surreal to me. Even so, it is probably essential to our survival. Don't forget the old proverb that says that we are likely to hate what we don't understand.

And, I don't know about you, but there seems to be a lot going on in the world that I don't understand right now.
Maybe its just another reminder of how immensely and certainly we need each other.

I firmly believe that we can work together for the benefit of all.

Someday we may all share a language, but there are things we already, for better or worse, share: we share the planet and we share the weather. Everything we do, for better or worse, leaves its impact on our neighbors - or our children. And their children. And their children...

Who knows what the weather will be like in two years, or five, years, or even fifty. But the prevailing trend for the last 10 or 20 years is that the weather around the world is getting more extreme - and more volatile.

We may or may not be able to change our impact on the weather, but ignorance and fatalism will never look good on us. Future generations will wonder why we didn't see - or do - the obvious.

There is yet another climate change conference going on (you can see details here - http://unfccc.int/2860.php.

Can you imagine if all the ESL classes around the world sent emails and letters to the leaders and decision makers to urge some kind of response to climate change?

What a great class project!

We share a language; we share a world. It's not too late.

As John Lennon put it;

"You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one "

Send us any words that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) and a newspaper columnist http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/columnists/morf_morford/ and would love to do either one of those somewhere else in the world next year.

Posted by mmorf at December 7, 2010 11:00 PM

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