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Bilingual English-Arabic BBC Radio Programme : Importance of the English Language أهمية اللغة الإنجليزية

Posted by Mourad Diouri on March 16, 2008

BBC Arabic (Learning English) has a dedicated bilingual radio programme aimed at teaching English to native Arab speakers. As an Arabic learner yourself, you may benefit hugely from listening to this interactive programme where the host (an Arabic speaker) interviews a guest (an English speaker) in English about a particular news item. The interview is then interpreted in Arabic immediately by the host.

In this podcast, Sam and Doug are talking about the role of English as a global language.

The 21st of February is UN International Mother Language Day, a day which promotes linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Being multilingual means that you are able to speak different languages.

Many jobs require people to be multilingual. Some politicians are multilingual; click on the link below to hear Fidel Castro, who has just retired as leader of Cuba, making a speech in English in 1959.

Today we are asking; “given the status of English as an international language, should world leaders all speak English”?

We asked Londoners what they thought, here are some of their responses:

“If they choose not to that should be respected.” “Not speaking the same language is not necessarily a major barrier to communication.” It would make negotiations easier.”


What do you think? Should all world leaders speak English?

هل يجب علي كل زعماء العالم التحدث باللغة الإنجليزية؟


Listen to the programme :
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Key Vocabulary

  • global language : لغة عالمية
  • International Mother Language Day : اليوم الدولي للغة الأم
  • linguistic diversity :التنوع اللغوي
  • multilingualism : تعدد اللغات
  • multilingual : يتحدث أكثر من لغة
  • retired : تقاعد
  • making a speech : يلقي كلمة
  • status : وضع – حال
  • barrier to communication : عائق أمام التواصل
  • negotiations : مفاوضات

Source of Realia

BBC Arabic – Learning English – Importance of the English Language

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4 Responses to “Bilingual English-Arabic BBC Radio Programme : Importance of the English Language أهمية اللغة الإنجليزية”

  1. mehmet said

    ı think everyone should not one language especially english.all nations have their own languages ant that is nice lile it.cause it is colonel you mean that.

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