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GLOBISH How the English Language Became the World’s Language

by | Read by James Langton

History • 10 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2010

The word "globish" refers to the spread of English around the world as an evolving language of business and pop culture. Before listeners learn about how English has been transformed in contemporary China, India, and Singapore, among other places, McCrum provides a history lesson on the language itself. James Langton makes the lesson interesting, even doing believable voices for key figures such as Winston Churchill. Still, there are points when the book slows down, and it takes a long time for it to get to the contemporary era, when the word "globish" was coined. While the history is important, some listeners may be disappointed by the lack of focus on the central topic, the spread of English since the Cold War. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2010]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2010

CD ISBN 9781400117437 $34.99 • Eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400167432 $24.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2010

CD ISBN 9781400147434 $83.99 • Eight CDs

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