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  • Mar 01, 2012
  • 03:06 PM

French loses ground to English, Arabic teeters on ledge

Paula Jahn / The Daily Star
“Why do you need the French language?” asks Asmar. “Nothing is in French, everything is in English.” But not only French is under threat; signs abound of an even greater squeeze on Arabic. Older Lebanese complain that Arabic has been contaminated by English expressions, resulting at worst in a pidgin language that bears little resemblance to what they spoke as youths.

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