Lingua Franca

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Lingua Franca

A language used when two or more speakers do not share a native language. A lingua franca is useful in international business, because participants may have different backgrounds. English and French are both examples of a lingua franca commonly used in business.
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Arsene Wenger has adopted the same policy at Arsenal, but Ranieri has yet to unite the players with one common tongue and admitted this had caused breakdowns in communication.
Even though Spanish is the common tongue in most of South America, drafting a marketing campaign for outside companies is nor as simple as translating everything into one of two languages.
What's worked for generations - complete immersion in the common tongue - reliably readies students to step across the communications bridge to the larger community.
but if memory serves, it was Sir Winston Churchill who dryly observed that speakers of British and of American English are separated by a common tongue.
Only the work of Christopher Small (Music of the Common Tongue [London: River Run P, 1987]), a British musicologist, systematically attempts to examine "jazz" or African American music primarily from a musical/aesthetical perspective.
Mencken felt that in the critical material that accompanied The Biglow Papers Lowell "did a great service to the common tongue of the country, and must be numbered among its true friends.
It makes sense to choose the candidate who can communicate in the common tongue, as sign language is restricted to the deaf and dumb.
Perhaps weapons speak a common tongue, but Twomey reminds us that it is the militaries who need to be fluent in multiple languages.
If there's one thing we've learned despite the disadvantage of not sharing a common tongue it's that the answer to every problem under the EU flag is to spend more than you have on things you don't need and stiff someone else with the bill.
Money is the lingua franca of our culture, the common tongue of the world.