Aer Lingus drops Irish language

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  1. kainedamo Registered

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7145268.stm

    Now I watched this edition of Let's Talk, and I'm surprised in this article they didn't include the really daft things Kate was saying. She really put her foot in her mouth.

    One thing she said was is English is the chosen language of the world. Not true.

    She also remarked on how great it was that the nations of the world are learning English :whatever:

    All reasons to back up her idea that there is no reason for an Irish plane company, taking flights from Ireland, to have an irish language welcome.
     
  2. Mysterio Registered

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    she's correct.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language

    Modern English is sometimes described as the global lingua franca. English is the dominant international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, radio and diplomacy.

    over a billion people speak English at least at a basic level. English is one of six official languages of the United Nations.

    While English is not an official language in most countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a second language around the world. Some linguists believe that it is no longer the exclusive cultural sign of "native English speakers", but is rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it continues to grow. It is, by international treaty, the official language for aerial and maritime communications, as well as one of the official languages of the European Union, the United Nations, and most international athletic organizations, including the International Olympic Committee.
     
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    Irish language? As in Gaelic? I was under the impression that it was dead.
     
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    I thought Irish language was english, just with a silly leprecauhn accent.
     
  5. kainedamo Registered

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    Oh. Its you.

    I think the Chinese would probably take exception to your argument.
     
  6. kainedamo Registered

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    No. Though the English did try to kill it.

    In fact more people are learning Irish than ever.
     
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    Awesome. Wonder if I can learn it here in the States? I've always wanted to learn it.
     
  8. Mysterio Registered

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    this isn't a statement of fact based on population numbers. you do realize that, don't you?
     
  9. kainedamo Registered

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    Its really rather obvious.

    There are more chinese people than any other type of people.

    Over 1 billion people speak Chinese.
     
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    I think it's a smart move on their part. Yes, very cunning, Lingus.
     
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    and your statement is merely based upon the fact that English is mostly spoken out of necessity due to the fact that the US is an Economic super power.
    you do realize that don't you?:o
     
  12. Mr Sparkle Registered

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    plus, how did they use to greet you?
    "top o' the morning to ye?"
     
  13. Bishop Mr. Jingles

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    excellent, i hate aer lingus
     
  14. it won't be missed
     
  15. Mysterio Registered

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    uh, yes, which is why i pointed out to kd that she is correct. therefore, it is the chosen language, not Chinese. this official (MP or whatever) was not speaking in regards to population but in reference economics, business, culture, diplomacy, etc. this is something kainedamo is unable to understand.
     
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    The last two posters are banned users. Hahahaha.52
     

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