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Fruits and food
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Fruits et aliments
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I have a strawberry.
I have a kiwi and a melon.
I have an orange and a grapefruit.
 
I have an apple and a mango.
I have a banana and a pineapple.
I am making a fruit salad.
 
I am eating toast.
I am eating toast with butter.
I am eating toast with butter and jam.
 
I am eating a sandwich.
I am eating a sandwich with margarine.
I am eating a sandwich with margarine and tomatoes.
 
We need bread and rice.
We need fish and steaks.
We need pizza and spaghetti.
 
What else do we need?
We need carrots and tomatoes for the soup.
Where is the supermarket?
 


Media and language

Our language is also influenced by media. New media play an especially large role here. A whole language has emerged from text messages, email and chatting. This media language is of course different in every country. Certain characteristics, however, are found in all media languages. Above all, speed is important for us users. Although we write, we want to generate a live communication. Meaning, we want to exchange information as quickly as possible. So we simulate a real conversation. In this way, our language has developed a verbal character. Words or sentences are often shortened. Grammar and punctuation rules are generally ignored. Our spelling is looser, and prepositions are often missing completely. Feelings are only seldom expressed in media language. Here we prefer to use so-called emoticons. These are symbols that are meant to indicate what we're feeling at the moment. There are also distinct codes for texting and a slang for chat communication. Media language is therefore a very reduced language. But it is used by all (users) in a similar way. Studies show that education or intellect doesn't make a difference. Young people especially like using media language. That's why critics believe that our language is in danger. Science sees the phenomenon less pessimistically. Because children can differentiate when and how they should write. Experts believe that the new media language even has advantages. Because it can promote children's language skills and creativity. And: More is being written today – not letters, but emails! We're happy about this!

Guess the language!

______ is counted among the Romance languages. That means that it developed from Latin. It is thus related to other Romance languages like Spanish or Italian. Today ______ is spoken on every continent. It is the native language of more than 110 million people. A total of about 220 million people speak ______. For this reason ______ is considered a world language. Many international organizations use ______ as the official language.

In the past ______ was the language of diplomacy. Today English has taken over that role for the most part. Nevertheless, ______ is still one of the most important common languages. And the number of speakers has steadily climbed for years! This is due to strong population growth in the African and Arabic region. ______ is also spoken on islands in the Caribbean and in the South Pacific. If you like to travel you should definitely learn ______!

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