Introduction to languages Page 58

economy and science made Arabic the Lingua Franca of that time. Centuries later, when the Spanish began exploring and conquering many different parts of the world, Spanish became the Lingua Franca.

Similar stories have happened to different languages all over the world throughout history, and now English is the dominant language in the world. But maybe with the growing economic power of China their language will become the common language in the years to come. This ever changing process might be predicted and to some extent controlled. Imagine, for example, changing all articles, documents and any written script from English to Chinese. Or changing all technical books from English to another language. Tiresome and troublesome may it sound, should the circumstances ask for such a change, it will happen.

All this brings us to the purpose of this part of our magazine. Languages present not only people, but cultures. The stories and the challenges a nation has faced and so much more. Learning different languages will broaden our horizons and will give us a much better insight into who we really are and where we come from. It will also enable us to connect and communicate with people from seemingly completely different worlds. In this section we will try to introduce different languages to you. Some may be new to you and some may not. But we would like to introduce you to a world of possibilities, challenges and fun!