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The Big Idea for Sunday, November 24, 2013

World history, or better: the writings thereof, is still administered by the West. However, if Asia truly wanted to escape the suzerainty of European words over her thoughts and originality there is a sure-fire way: Revive and promote more Asian words and key concepts.

For the liberalization of all the world's vocabularies has only just begun.

In today's lesson, Thorsten Pattberg advocates for a global language, which does not mean the end of translation, but rather, when it comes to the key terminologies of a culture, "we should not translate them but rather we should adopt them."

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Like It Or Not: We Are All Going To Learn Chinese
    Thorsten J. Pattberg Dragons and Pandas
  2. 2 How Has the Internet Changed Language?
    Jorie Graham
  3. 3 Knowledge is a Polyglot: The Future of Global Language
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  4. 4 The Language of Money
    Global Roundtable
 

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