-For Christmas, I want patience,
kind people kind [ai]
freedom and liberty
friends and friendship
beautiful people and interesting people
funny and happy people
unity and love
respect and respectful people
polite and politeness polite [ai]
free people and free countries (pays libres)
peace and peaceful meetings and people
Bring me a cat and a dog!
A cat and a dog for their kindness and their company!
And last but not least,
Some chocolate and juicy clementines!
Right now around 1.5 billion people now speak English. Of these about a quarter are native
speakers, a quarter speak it as their second language, and half are able to ask for directions
to a swimming pool.
Modern hybrids of English have really caught on. There’s Hinglish – which is Hindi-English,
Chinglish – which is Chinese-English and Singlish – which is Singaporean English – and not
that bit when they speak in musicals.
So in conclusion, the language has got so little to do with England these days it may well be
time to stop calling it ‘English’. But if someone does think up a new name for it, it should
probably be in Chinese.