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More than seven hundred years ago when the students of la Sorbonne attended a debating session those young men from different European countries were speaking in Latin a then dominant language of the educated Now at the dawn of a new millenium we are here exchanging our respective views on the impact of English a language which is now playing an even larger and much more important role than Latin did in the Middle Ages With its dominance in almost all the domains of this modern society English is spoken and learned by people all around the globe albeit their different nationalities races religions and ages Here Id like to tell you something interesting concerning my father My father is 60 years old and will soon retire When he was in university some forty years ago he took Russia as his foreign language So his English knowledge is virtually limited to merely 26 letters However one evening last year I found that when I sat before the television watching CCTV Internationals English program World Wide Watch father joined me Puzzled I asked him Daddy you dont know English do you No I dont But Im thinking about learning it Whats the use of learning English at your age I bantered Well I hate to be embarrassed when a foreigner should come up to me on the street and ask me about the way to Sheraton Suzhou he said with a half joking of it Well I dont know whether father has ever been embarrassed in such a situation but I can understand his worries In fact in this ever more intimately connected international community no one can afford to ignore the importance of English this world standard language not except my father I also dont know whether father can ever learn a bit English after his retirement to tell the truth Im not so optimistic about it However I do know why father should take
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