By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 13, 2012
In many countries a variety of languages are spoken, and sometimes, a common or bridge language is used for commerce and governance which connects people who do not speak the same native language.
Do you use a lingua franca to do business?
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In a world where there are over 6,800 languages presently spoken, more than just a few words here and there can get lost in translation. This is why being able to speak a lingua franca, or a common, bridge language, comes in handy.
For those of us living in North America, and for most people who read this blog, English is our primary language. Fortunately for us, English also happens to serve as the current lingua franca for international business, science, technology and aviation.
As you may have noticed, lingua francas vary from continent to continent and on a more granular level, from country to country, even from region to region. Papua New Guinea (PNG), for instance, is a country where 830 distinct languages are spoken. Can you imagine that? PNG has 3 official languages and the lingua franca most commonly used is Tok Pisin. English is the language used for their parliament, in business and is the language taught in their schools.
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