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7 hours ago, Oldbear said:

It can be, just be careful of the locals! The right to bear firearms freaks me out, especially when you go into a grocery store in Montana and see people wearing gun holsters, complete with Saturday Night Special!

That wouldn’t worry me at all. 

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16 hours ago, POR said:

That's true harry 

In 2015, out of the total 195 countries in the world, 67 nations have English as the primary language of 'official status'. Plus there are also 27 countries where English is spoken as a secondary 'official' language.400 million native speakers of English. In addition, it has been  said that there were 400 million speakers of English as a second language.Furthermore, there were around 600 - 700 million English as a foreign language speakers. So, that's  over 1 billion people that could communicate in English to some extent. and it was  estimated  in 2018 that there are definitely above 1.5 billion speakers of English globally.

English is  the world's most accessible language due to its massive presence in films, TV and the internet. English grammar is also quite easy to learn to start with when you are a beginner compared to other languages.That's why it is taught as a second language at school in a lot  countries

having said all that it doesn't stop you learning a bit of spanish for your hols if only for a laugh if nowt else🤣

As someone who has done a spot of TEFL and may be off to do it full time for a year in September, I don't think its as simple as you portray. English isn't the global language because its particularly easy. Indeed it has a lot of "weirdnesses" that many other languages avoid, particularly on pronunciation. It does have some elements that do make it easier to learn too. Overall English is the most spoken/understood language because of 2 crucial things, the British Empire and the USA. 

There's been several attempts to establish a "lingua franca" in a given area. Lingua franca itself comes from the crusaders where regardless of being French, Occitan, Spanish, Italian, English, Dutch, German or whatever, French was the common language. Most relevant is how Russia has a long tradition of spreading the Russian language amongst subject people as a common tongue and that legacy is still apparent today. Indeed had they won the cold war there's a good chance we'd be using it. Across Africa, French is common tongue for various nations who have multiple languages within. Arabic spread similarly although much earlier on at the same time Greek was the language of the eastern Mediterranean. South and central America is generally Spanish. A failure to do this caused chaos in the Austro-Hungarian empire where recruitment posters were printed in no less than 14 languages.

English teaching is in demand all over the world because it is that mutual second language that the Russians for example ultimately failed to establish. For people in countries such as Latvia with barely over 1 million speakers or Finland, a global second language is a necessity. Thats not to say its easy, just that its by far the best choice. Just like when describing Rugby League, we shouldn't dumb it down unnecessarily to sell it to others.

I always use the anecdote of if a Russian and Brazilian met in Dubai to discuss an oil deal, they would speak in English.

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1 hour ago, Harry Stottle said:

So you are a carpenter then?

I presume the plane is for smoothing out wood.

Easy to be sarcastic isn't it!

Just playing H.  No offence intended.

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7 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

I always use the anecdote of if a Russian and Brazilian met in Dubai to discuss an oil deal, they would speak in English.

That's very unlikely for the simple reason that the vast majority of Brazilians only speak Portuguese, because it's the only language they ever need in life.

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55 minutes ago, Big Picture said:

That's very unlikely for the simple reason that the vast majority of Brazilians only speak Portuguese, because it's the only language they ever need in life.

Of course, but the vast majority won't be talking to Russians in Dubai, hence where English is the common second language the world has taken on.

Chinese people don't need to learn anything other than mandarin, There's a billion speakers of it at least. They'll struggle as soon as they leave China. Just as Brazilians would when they left Brazil for anywhere bar Portugal and a handful of African countries.

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English is definitely the language of international sports. A Russian and a Brazilian talking to a Japanese referee, all of it in English.

Although everyone seems to pick up the naughty words of other languages pretty fast.

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3 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

Chinese people don't need to learn anything other than mandarin, There's a billion speakers of it at least. They'll struggle as soon as they leave China.

They’d be OK in Vancouver!

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On 02/08/2020 at 17:18, Tommygilf said:

Of course, but the vast majority won't be talking to Russians in Dubai, hence where English is the common second language the world has taken on.

Chinese people don't need to learn anything other than mandarin, There's a billion speakers of it at least. They'll struggle as soon as they leave China. Just as Brazilians would when they left Brazil for anywhere bar Portugal and a handful of African countries.

Indeed, it is a modern Latin. That does not make Latin easy.

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3 hours ago, Bob8 said:

Indeed, it is a modern Latin. That does not make Latin easy.

Precisely, essential does not equate to easy. Which is why people pay a lot of money to be taught it

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58 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Ottawa sign Tom Gilmore. Cracker of a signing for League 1.

Id normally give an opinion on our players when they sign for someone else and I know he didn't play a lot of games for Fax but I genuinley can not remember a single game he played in for us.

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6 minutes ago, The Blues Ox said:

Id normally give an opinion on our players when they sign for someone else and I know he didn't play a lot of games for Fax but I genuinley can not remember a single game he played in for us.

One of those talented players whose lost their way. He’ll stick out in L1.

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4 hours ago, Man of Kent said:

Ottawa sign Tom Gilmore. Cracker of a signing for League 1.

Given what? He has no opposition!

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34 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Eh? He was a Super League halfback a couple of years ago. Good signing.

I don’t dispute he’s a good signing. A cracking signing for Ottawa.

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18 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Signed the Chapelhow lads from Widnes.

Could this be another blowout League 1 visit and then into the Championship?  

They’ll get promoted without doubt

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17 minutes ago, welshmagpie said:

They’ll get promoted without doubt

Looking like it so far, they seem to be putting together a very good Championship standard squad. No superstars, all good hardworking players with decent talent. No veterans either, these are players who will all be around in the game for quite a few years.

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45 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

Looking like it so far, they seem to be putting together a very good Championship standard squad. No superstars, all good hardworking players with decent talent. No veterans either, these are players who will all be around in the game for quite a few years.

Agreed, clever recruitment that shouldn’t require immediate turnover to spend a few years becoming competitive in the championship 

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1 hour ago, welshmagpie said:

They’ll get promoted without doubt

Barrow, Workington, Doncaster, Hunslet & Newcastle all with a real shot to either win the League or be in the play off.  Ottawa winning promotion at 1st opportunity would be one in the eye for them especially if New York turn up the year after.

How much money is paid for winning promotion?  Anyone know?

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2 hours ago, Lowdesert said:

Barrow, Workington, Doncaster, Hunslet & Newcastle all with a real shot to either win the League or be in the play off.  Ottawa winning promotion at 1st opportunity would be one in the eye for them especially if New York turn up the year after.

How much money is paid for winning promotion?  Anyone know?

Think it's champions up with the next 4 in a play off to join them, so 2 promotion spots. 

Going to be a very competitive top of that league.

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