European parliament has 24 official languages, but MEPs prefer English

Data from the European parliamentary debates show that English gets the most airtime. What’s behind the numbers?

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4 thoughts on “European parliament has 24 official languages, but MEPs prefer English

  1. Why not Esperanto!

    It is unfortunate that there is much ignorance about Esperanto. Indeed many ill-informed people describe Esperanto as “failed” – others say that if human beings were meant to fly, God would have given them wings.

    Esperanto is neither artificial nor a failure however. .

    During a short period of 126 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide. It is the 22nd most used language in Wikipedia, ahead of Danish and Arabic. It is a language choice of Google, Skype, Firefox, Ubuntu and Facebook. Google translate recently added the language to its prestigious list of 64 languages.
    Native Esperanto speakers, (people who have used the language from birth), include World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to Russia and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet. Financier George Soros learnt Esperanto as a child.

    Esperanto is a living language See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88YPPl6jJEQ
    Their online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can’t be bad 🙂

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