When I captured this image yesterday I only saw the peahen and the peacock sitting opposite each other…
When I looked at that image in my file again this morning I saw the peacock and the peahen perched opposite each other and a chicken perched right in the middle on high.
When it was time to edit the shot I saw another chicken central to the peacock, the peahen and the high up chicken but down low.
Learning is a bit like this. A slow addition of information.
Did you know that New Zealand has three official languages Maori, English and New Zealand sign language.
The United States of America has no official language. Though English is more widespread with Spanish closing the gap but the Founding Fathers did not write a language choice into their constitution.
Switzerland has three official languages French, German and Italian though I have a friend who is a coroner in a Geneva hospital and he works almost exclusively in English. (Though he is French).
France is French. Denmark is Danish. Russia is Russian and Singapore is English, Malay, Chinese Mandarin and Tamil.
All international airline pilots ( and their crew) must be proficient in English – this is an aviation law.
By 2017 around 80 percent of science papers were first published in English – no matter their origins.
In 2001 the International Maritime Organisation deemed English the official language mandating the use of English for commercial mariners.
The list is long of international organisations and institutions where English is being officially mandated as the language of choice for international communication.
Although my research gives me varied numbers we can estimate that around 300 million individuals in China are presently learning English. The population of the United States is 327.7 million.
Whereas 500 years ago about 5 million people spoke English – almost all in the British Isles: the conservative number of fluent English speakers in the world now is 1.5 BILLION.
So – you see what this weeks essay is about!!
Have a lovely day.
The weeks forecast in case I don’t get back to it.