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lingua franca

Any language used to bridge the gap between people who do not speak the same language. English is the lingua franca in many foreign tourist destinations.
See also: Franca, lingua

a ˌlingua ˈfranca

(from Italian) a shared language that is used for communication by people whose main languages are different: In the middle of the 20th century, English became the lingua franca of the world.The majority of our group being South American, we used Spanish as a lingua franca.
See also: Franca, lingua
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We must recognize the use and value of the regional lingua franca but it is important that we have to develop and use the national lingua franca to unite us as a people, and as one country.
The Lingua Franca Ensemble is actively involved in music education.
Ironically, Stone thought he'd sidestepped California's San Andreas Fault, only to discover that Lingua Franca straddles the Cascadia Subduction zone.
The last decade has witnessed the emergence of ELF approaches through dozens of publications, conferences and a dedicated journal, Mouton's Journal of English as a Lingua Franca (2011-present).
While deciphering original identities is an amusing distraction - Lingua Franca is based in Stella Artois, formerly Milton Keynes - the novel's paper-thin characterisation and jumbled narration struggle to maintain attention.
BAR's decision to publish only papers in English since its first number goes in accordance with the lingua franca principle (a vehicular language that is spoken by people who do not share a native language).
The Shoura Council also declared this year that Arabic be used as the lingua franca in international conferences and official forums inside the Kingdom.
In my brief time covering theater, I had been struggling to pick up the bewildering lingua franca of its insiders.
Trading as Lingua Franca Publishers, Isaac Shabangu Publishers, turned to the Gauteng Provincial Division of the High Court, sitting in Pretoria, to demand the money from the Minister of Basic Education.
En el libro Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by non-native speakers, parte de la serie Cambridge Applied Linguistics, la academica de la Universidad de Helsinski Anna Mauranen propone un enfoque contemporaneo no solo para teorizar y describir el idioma ingles como lingua franca (ELF) (1) sino que tambien para contribuir tanto a investigaciones futuras como a la ensenanza del idioma ingles como idioma extranjero.
The delegates realized that Filipino has close affinity with other native languages, making it the real lingua franca of the country.
During heyday of Soviet Union, Russian was the lingua franca from Prague to Hanoi.
She is also a writer (author of The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker), after-dinner speaker and stand-up comedian.
Embora as pesquisas sobre o ingles como lingua franca (2) (ILF) ainda sejam incipientes no Brasil, pode-se afirmar que tem havido um crescente interesse por essa perspectiva nos ultimos anos (BERTO, 2009; CALVO et al.