A funny little movie on learning languages
After my being quoted by Tony Barber in his blog (shameless blushing!) and then also in the Financial Times (and creating a fuss in the Romanian blogosphere as A bloggers didn’t know who the “mysterious Romanian blogger” is), I started giving the tryad blogging - European affairs - multilinguism more thought. I shared this with some of the participants at the launch event in Brussels and also with fellow Romanian bloggers. In countries where English is not a native tongue, there is a fairly influential blogosphere that blogs in its own language - be it Romanian, Hungarian, Czech or Spanish. Some bloggers get as many as 15000 hits a day.
Some of these A list bloggers write about technology, marketing, social media and politics. At least, these are the most popular themes in Romania. Gossip about pop stars is also hot Moving on, my belief is that few of these influential bloggers write about European issues because national blogospheres are totally secluded from the so-called European blogosphere. Pretty much like Eurocrats in Brussels are secluded from national civil servants. It’s partially about the language (I may sound like some philosophy of language freak), because language influences the way we think. Bluntly put, we think in our national language, we write in our national language, we are influenced by all the small things going on back home. We don’t see the big picture, nor do we write about it.
I wonder if I’ll get to see the day when European issues will become catchy enough to attract national audiences and to get the word going about them. Is there any such example in your own country? A blogger, a journalist, a trendsetter that evangelizes people on European issues? As a matter of fact, is there any English speaking blogger (that blogs in English) that’s trully influential in your country?
Ironically, the European Commissioner for Multilinguism is Romanian, so maybe I should confront him with these issues