English! A Barrier!
Today more than ever, there are voices that are strongly stating that the growth of the English language as a language of interaction in fields as various as entretainment and academia (and comes in between) is indeed making it hard for the other world languages to prosper.
It is an undeniable historical fact that many languages have grown "strong" thanks to the translation effort that helped provide them with the necessary amount of "classics". This translation accounts for a lot of vocabulary borrowing. Greek, Latin, Arabic, Chinese, English, French are well known instances of languages that have borrowed from other languages. This borrowing has enabled these languages to become richer at different periods of their lives. In addition, nearly all great thinkers of any period of human history (in fields such as religion, science, logic, philosophy, literary criticism,...) have at some point in their work made a comment on the role of language (read: their language) in their ideas.
Many a human natural language can be said to go through different cycles: it starts a weak being, then gets stronger, and then leaves the ground for another language. Can't this be the state of this global English of today? The present video is an opinion on this topic.