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March 02, 2005

Not the Queen's English

Newsweek recently ran a feature on the global boom in learning English as a second or foreign language, particularly in developing countries. Within a decade, about half the world's population will be speaking English, and non-native speakers already outnumber native speakers 3 to 1. Leading this growth are countries such as India and China, with their massive populations and desire to compete in the global marketplace. The influence of these millions of new learners and their various mother tongues is changing the very nature of English itself.
Not the Queen's English

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