Saturday, July 05, 2008

English Evolving Into a Language We May Not Understand

The "likely consequence" of growing numbers of Chinese learning English without "enough quality spoken practice" means that "more and more spoken English will sound increasingly like Chinese." Already, non-native speakers far outnumber native speakers, and in the next decade, native speakers will make up only 15 percent of those who use the language.
Read the full article. Here are Wikipedia articles on Chinglish and Japlish.

Also, be sure to check out, a website full of humorous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design.

(HT Tyler Cowen)

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