Get Rid of ALL languages other than English.
I am not an English native and English is not my mother tongue, but still I support
English fully because,
- It is impossible to translate all scientific advancements in all the languages.
You will always be forever behind in science and technology if you stick to other languages.
- It is the defacto language of the internet. If you want the widest audience for
your website you must have an English site in addition to whatever other language site you have.
- The world needs more and better communication in order to promote understanding
and peace. Insisting on your mother tongue will lessen the chance of understanding
others and this in turn will hinder world peace.
- Your patriotism to your current mother tongue is an accident of history.
It was not the mother tongue of your ancestors. Sanskrit is the mother of all languages,
is Sanskrit known or understood widely anymore? Though the people who spoke them five
thousand years ago would have shown patriotism to Sanskrit where is Sanskrit now?
Similarly, though you show patriotism to your current mother tongue, your great
great descendants would not even know your language and their dialects would have
become completely different from what you are speaking today and to understand
movies that are taken today they would have to use translators into their then
dialects. So what's the use of lingual patriotism when your current mother tongue
is going to die a natural death anyway (at least as you speak it today) no matter what you do today?
Usually I am all for diversity but not when it comes to interfaces. The lesser interfaces
there are, the better, the communication will be. And human language is an interface.
Advantages of English
- It is the easiest language to type. Because it has only 26 characters only (the lowest
in the world), it is trivially easy to learn English typing. I tried learning Tamil typing
but gave it up because it is way too complicated. Now I type Tamil using an English phonetic
editor. Go figure that one out. I studied 64 human languages to create the phonetic editor,
not deeply but enough to learn the characters and some words. (I have also studied four hundred
- It is one of the easiest languages to learn, compared to say Chinese.
- Unlike most other languages it does not differentiate between respectful you (vous in french)
and equal you (tu in french), thus it is egalitarian.
Disadvantages of English
- It is the worst spoken language in the world. There are as many ways of speaking English
as there are people as English is not phonetically correct language. (Sanskrit is the most phonetically correct).
Movable printing type machines were invented in the east in China and Korea. However
the east could never realize the full potential of these machines because of their complicated
scripts. Indian languages have a minimum of 300 distinct characters each. To typeset a single page you need several
hundred copies of each distinct letter on a page. To typeset in Indian language using non-computerized primitive
typesetting machines will require 300x100 = 30000 letter pieces. For Chinese and Korean it would be even more.
Whereas with English only 26x100 = 2600 letter pieces are needed to typeset a page.
For a scientific revolution to happen a lot of ideas have to be worked on by a lot of people and the
ideas must be shared quickly and easily. Printing machines catalyze such information sharing.
Because it was so easy to typeset an English page, such catalyzation happened first in England and
hence the industrial revolution happened first in England. This shows the importance of language
I tried to teach my niece and nephew the Tamil alphabet wich has more than 300 distinct letters.
After two years of trying to teach them Tamil letters (just letters not words or sentences) they are barely
able to read and write Tamil even though they speak Tamil at home and school. Whereas they could recognize
the entire English alphabet before they learned to speak. Similarly with Hindi. They can barely read and
write hindi after many years of learning it. Even though English and Hindi are direct descendants of
Sanskrit, one is super easy to learn whereas the other is too complicated to learn easily. This is
why language must be simplified, because it will make the spread of information quicker.
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