These are written, are taught in schools, and each has a territory to call its own: A language, in short, with a word for almost everything, capable of an infinite gradation of meanings, equally suited to describing the essential rights of mankind as to ornamenting a packet of crisps, whose only defect, as far as I know, is that it makes everyone who speaks it sound like a duck. There is only one: O n 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. Today, we see traces of this polyglot past in linguistic hotspots such as the Mandara mountains of Cameroon, where children as young as 10 routinely juggle four or five languages in daily life, and learn several others in school.
The hegemony of English is so natural as to be invisible.
Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet
If you have the conviction and commitment, you will always find your witch. InRwanda switched its education system from French to English, having already made English an official language in 14 years earlier. In some ways, the worst threat may come not from the global onrush of modernity, but from an idea: Increasingly, the long-term future of English as a global language probably lies in the hands of Asia, and especially the huge populations of India and China. On a much smaller scale, endangered languages such as Manx in the Isle of Man and Wampanoag in the US have been successfully pulled back from the brink.