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Examining the Future of English

Is it possible to listen to World Service English without speaking the language? Plus, how the periodic table inspired one listener. And a tribute to broadcaster Paddy Feeny.

Is possible that someone might not speak a single word of English now, but will one day understand everything in that language. We look at a BBC programme that examines the future of the so called lingua franca of the world. Plus how the periodic table inspired one Business Daily listener. And we pay tribute to a World Service legend, British broadcaster Paddy Feeny, who has died. He entertained millions of listeners for 36 years on programmes including Write On, Saturday Special and Sportsworld.

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9 minutes