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The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World

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English has fast become the number one language for everything from business and science, diplomacy and education, entertainment and environmentalism to socializing and beyond—virtually any human activity unfolding on a global scale. Worldwide, nonnative speakers of English now outnumber natives three to one; and in China alone, more people use English than in th ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Touchstone
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It's an interesting read for anyone who is curious about the history or future of the English language, or for anyone who wants a better understanding of how languages evolve. The author proves herself to be extremely knowledgable.
However, the book ends on a sore note with the far-fetched predictions in the final chapter on how the English language might change. Sure it will change substantially, but the author is dreaming up some pretty wild guesses here. She forgets to take into account that E
J Demarco
A fascinating journey of where English came from as a language, where it is now, and perhaps from this where Global English is heading.
3 stars for the tremendous amount of research that went into this book, but not for how much I enjoyed reading it. Very dry at points, and there is only so much language-lover humor that I can handle in one sitting. At many points, this book became redundant. It just repeated itself over and over again, quite redundantly ;-)
Plus, I found the author's guesses about possible future changes to the language quite silly. However, her ideas on ways that English could be simplified (without adding fore
Despite the apparent poor grammar of the title--it really isn't since English refers to the language, not the people--this is a fantastic book for a word-lover. Not only does the author go through the history of the English language but she also chooses 30 everyday words and shows their history and how they were adapted into our current speech. And since English is now the most commonly spoken language throughout the world, even in China, which means that there are more non-native English speake ...more
Lauren Boulton
A fun read for the logophile. While reading, I found myself more interested in the history of certain words than the idea of a global English or conjectures on what this global English might be like. Other reviewers are correct: this book is repetitive. The final chapter had so many similar paragraphs I found myself skimming. She definitely could have finished stronger. However, most of the book was entertaining and read rather quickly. This is not a waste of time. Informed author with a worship ...more
This book was okay; I found it quite uneven as far as holding my interest. Some sections were very interesting, and I will happily acknowledge this; others seriously dragged, at least for me, and I had a hard time finishing the final section of "predictions" (really more like wild guesses) about how English may change in the future (though I did finish it eventually). I am always on the lookout for fun books about the English language, but I have read more enjoyable ones than this.
It was boring at times, but mostly really interesting!
Apr 09, 2011 Lili rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lili by: Karlene Jennings
Not at all what I was expecting. The "word histories" were an odd mix of esoteric academic vocabulary and folksy breezy writing style. The thought experiment of the future of Global English was too drawn out to maintain my interest, and again littered with attempts at folksy style and personal opinions. I'm mailing it back to Karlene!!!!
Colleen Semanek
I found this book to be fascinating. I learned so much... But like so many other readers, I thought it just got weird when she stared talking about the future of the language - with specifics. I know it was hypothetical, and she clearly presented it as such, but the specific nature of it threw me off.
Entertaining, as my cover blurb states, but hardly suspenseful as it also suggests. Perhaps I have read too many of these types of books and simply want more interesting conjecturing on where English is actually going.
Ash Crowe
I should have loved this book, I usually adore this type of books. Instead I found it rather boring and often flipped ahead a couple of pages when it dragged spectacularly.
Pretty interesting if you like reading about the history of words and language, and enjoy a few jokes thrown in here and there.
Sep 19, 2011 Janusz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janusz by: mum
one of those 'hungry-for-more-of-the-same-though-not-necessarily-by-the-same-author' situations...
The format was tedious and the subject matter interesting but not all that compelling.
Lacy Garrison
too boring to finish
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