The EU overhead

With a large number of resident translators approaching retirement age, the EU is as of today actively recruiting translators for some of its 23 languages. While I think this is great news for young (or not so young, such as myself) translators, I do wonder how much effort it takes to keep all these EU documents current, never mind in a current translation.

At the risk of shooting myself in the foot here, I do think that a common European language is highly desirable, necessary and ultimately inevitable.

  1. At the risk of shooting myself in the foot here, I do think that a common European language is highly desirable, necessary and ultimately inevitable.

    Which language would it be? Shall we go back to 19th century and pick Deutsch? Or 18th century and chose Francais instead? And what about Slovak or Hungarian?

    In the end, you are stuck with what has been described to me as the most useful language in this world today, namely, “bad English”. Just about everybody speaks it already in most countries, including Europe.

  2. I agree, it will have to be English – if only for practical reasons.

    It seems to work well to use one or two “official” languages and still allow for a local or “native” language. Good examples are Ireland with Irish and English, and Luxembourg with Luxembourgish and French/German. Or places like Indonesia, where only Bahasa is taught in school and used in official communication, but everyone still speaks their own language at home.

    It could be argued that this will make certain languages disappear… But I think that depends on the number of people using it.

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