[quote author=mingshey link=board=2;threadid=511;start=0#4546 date=1061427095]<br />Well, may I recommend the global moderator another ancient language? Chinese has a long history and left great abundance of literature, history, philosophy, politics, etc. It can be considered Greek and Latin of the far east. And you don't need to be a Taoist or Confucianist.
<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Dao ke dao, fei chang dao; ming ke ming, fei chang ming.<br /><br />:) wo hai xuexi hanyu, but have forgotten most by now.<br /><br />Abosulutely, Chinese counts as a biggie.<br /><br />Top 5 Important World-Historical/Cultural Languages
in no particular order:<br />
- Classical Chinese<br />
- Classical (aka Koranic) Arabic<br />
- Latin<br />
- Greek<br />
- Sanskrit<br />
<br /><br />To this may be added, by the stout of heart and mind, Tibetan, Mongolian, Persian, Pali and Akkadian. Hebrew and Aramaic are vital for the Judeo-Christian tradition, in addition to Greek and Latin.<br /><br />All of these, like Greek and Latin, extended far beyond the range of their native speakers as literary languages and the vehicle of culture, literature, philosophy and often religion. All have added vocabulary to the native languages which they came into contact with, not infrequently bringing the writing system. All these languages bring us writings of deep thinkers, poetry of all kinds, and all of them convey perhaps a few things rather less worthy.<br /><br />In my own opinion every civilized, educated person should know at least a little about all of the top five.<br /><br />I could go on at length justifying this, but right now the first real rain in almost a month is nearly here, and it promises to be an exciting storm. I should get away from the comuter.