For anyone interested in the future of the English language, a fascinating BBC documentary is currently available to download here:  BBC – Podcasts – Documentaries.  Titled “English in the East”, the first episode of a two part series focuses on whether the role of the English language is changing.  From a nine-year-old boy whose daily commute to school lasts three hours and crosses an international border to a trader who believes that the decline of the US dollar and the rise of the Ren Min Bi heralds the end of language dominance as well as economic dominance for the English speaking nations – definitely worth listening to.

It’s also being broadcast on the World Service – check out the schedule here: BBC – BBC World Service Programmes – The Documentary – Episodes coming up.