"Language purity" has been an issue, it seems, since forever. There will always be people who complain that new slang or borrowed words are contaminating or ruining a language. But as time passes, we all realize that the language survived just fine with all the new additions. Or at least, that's how it's been so far.
Now for a brief tangent. I traveled to Europe with my family for two weeks last month (it was really fun!) and out of the two weeks, we spent three days in Germany. I was really excited for this because I have a special interest in Germany and I hope to learn German in college (one more year!). Needless to say, I had a good time, but I was surprised by how easy it was to understand/guess the meaning of things (words like "internationales", "Schokalade", and "Minze"). I also saw quite a few signs and advertisements in English.
Now flash back a few months to when I was exposed to the idea of "Denglish" (Deutsch + English) and by extension, "Franglais". There are some pretty funny songs about Denglish, which I will include at the bottom of this journal. While I found them highly amusing (my family and friends don't get them, sadly), they also made me a bit worried about the German language, and my trip to Germany confirmed that English can be really pervasive in German if given the chance.
I understand that it's pretty foolish to worry about the evolution of a language because languages inevitably change over time. But it's hard to ignore that that English's influence will continue to grow with globalization, that both German and English have the same roots (Germanic), that the languages use similar writing systems (which is why I don't worry about Japanese, despite the increasing usage of Katakana. And Japanese is just... Japanese. ), and that the two languages already share so many similar words. I'm probably better off not worrying about things like Denglish and Franglais, but I still can't help but wonder.
So, reader, what do you think? I would appreciate some thoughts~
P.S. For your (possible) entertainment:
1. Be cool, speak Deutsch (Die Prinzen). I like this one better, personally.
2. Denglish (Wise Guys)
And if you want to read about the evolution of the English language, there's this really great book called The Lexicographer's Dilemma. It's a bit long, though.
Gee, I hope this isn't too stupid.
At the very least, I hope this was coherent.