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‘We had the best of educations—in fact, we went to school every day—’ ‘I’VE been to a day-school, too,’ said Alice; ‘you needn’t be so proud as all that.’ ‘With extras?’ asked the Mock Turtle a little anxiously. ‘Yes,’ said Alice, ‘we learned French and music.’ ‘And washing?’ said the Mock Turtle. ‘Certainly not!’ said Alice indignantly. ‘Ah! then yours wasn’t a really good school,’ said the Mock Turtle in a tone of great relief. Now at OURS they had at the end of the bill, “French, music, AND WASHING—extra. ‘You couldn’t have wanted it much,’ said Alice; ‘living at the bottom of the sea.’ ‘I couldn’t afford to learn it.’ said the Mock Turtle with a sigh. ‘I only took the regular course.’ ‘What was that?’ inquired Alice. ‘Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,’ the Mock Turtle replied; ‘and then the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and...

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The European languages are members of the same family. Their separate existence is a myth. For science, music, sport, etc, Europe uses the same vocabulary. The languages only differ in their grammar, their pronunciation and their most common words. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators. To achieve this, it would be necessary to have uniform grammar, pronunciation and more common words. If several languages coalesce, the grammar of the resulting language is more simple and regular than that of the individual languages. The new common language will be more simple and regular than the existing European...

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it?

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