221. Is English Still a Colonial Language? English as a Lingua Franca! (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

Apr 3 2023 • 18 mins

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English is the global lingua franca – the language of international business, diplomacy, and education. But why? Is English still a colonial language?

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  • Lingua franca (n) - a language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages.
  • Colonial (adj) - relating to a colony or colonialism.
  • To impose (v) - to force someone to accept something, especially a belief or way of living.
  • Dominance (n) - the quality of being more important, strong, or successful than anything else of the same type.
  • Legacy (n) - something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time.
  • To marginalize (v) - to treat someone or something as if they are not important.
  • Imbalance (n) - a situation in which two things that should be equal or that are normally equal are not
  • To homogenise (v) - to change something so that all its parts or features become the same or very similar.
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