29 Sep '12, 8pm

Why, why, tell me why!: Questions on our national linguistic systems.

‘…October 2005 saw the publication of a particularly interesting report, accessible in French at http://cisad.adc.education.fr/hcee/documents/rapport_Grin.pdf, by the Swiss Professor François Grin. The most startling conclusion of the report is that, due to the current dominant position of the English language, the United Kingdom gains € 17-18 thousand million each year, which is more than three times the famous British rebate, or 1% of its GNP. In other words, each of the 394 million non-English-speaking citizens of the EU, including those from the poorest new Member States, are subsidising the British economy! This amount comes from the sale of books and other goods relating to the English language, from the 700000 people each year who go to Britain to learn English, as well as from the savings that stem from the neglect of foreign-language teaching in British schools. T...

Full article: http://www.loyarburok.com/2012/09/30/why-why-why/

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