Give us our language back!



I find it difficult to describe the true level of horror and dismay that I felt when I came across a news article about a recent proposal to make English the sole official language of the European Union. I find it even more difficult to come to terms with the fact that this has not come from the British – the famed monolinguals – but from the German president. This is also not the first serious suggestion of this nature that has come from a German politician, and as a result I feel that I must explain exactly why it riles me so much, and why no matter what the cost, we must strive to sustain multilingualism for the good of us all.

I am a native English speaker. I have spoken English all my life, been educated in English, I read widely in English and have been struggling with the…

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