"Yes, we want" -- who owns global English?

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Wed Apr 21 20:30:42 UTC 2010

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"Yes, we want" -- who owns global English?

A 1.8-million euro advertising campaign for Spain’s new Spanish- 
English public schools is being ridiculed for its slogan “Yes, we  
want,” which critics are calling bad English.

English is what the chanters of “Yes, we want,” want to learn, because  
English is the new global language. The ads, which evoke Barack  
Obama’s “Yes we can,” have appeared on Spanish television, radio,  
billboards, and buses, prompting complaints that the Education  
Ministry should be promoting its 231 bilingual public schools in  
correct English if it wants pupils to enroll in them.

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Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
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