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Economie des langues

The Economic Value of Languages? (Multilingual Living)

Mis à jour : 4 Nov 2011

By Jacomine Nortier

“In my next article I will discuss the importance of maintaining
the home language and why there is no harm in using
a home language that is different from what
the outside world is speaking.”

These were my last words in July, before I left for a long holiday trip to France. There I felt once more how it is to be in a country where you speak the language but not quite well enough to fully understand and use it with all of the finesse that native speakers do. I was happy to be with my partner with whom I could talk about every thinkable topic without linguistic barriers, despite the fact that our language is considered relatively unimportant in French eyes and is not understood by most. Read more...