As I study French using this great app, I come to a fairly sad realization.
Il n’y a pas de place pour la langue.
Even though space is large, mind-bendingly large, our first colonies aren’t going to be big enough for more than one language.
Imagine there being some kind of emergency, like trying to find the jam in the fridge, and you have to call out without thinking. What if you used the wrong language?
Alright, maybe looking for jam isn’t the best example. What if your rocket malfunctions and you need to get help immediately? Hadn’t everyone better be on the same frequency? As in knowing how to talk?
Learning french is fun. The way they organize their thoughts are a bit different from the way us American English people normally do it. But that’s what makes life here on Earth fun. If I go to France and order some bread and cheese, but end up with a duck and ketchup, it’s only a moment of embarrassment.
Do the same thing on the moon, and it’s many times worse. Alright, the bread and cheese example is, cheesy, but you get the picture. Mistakes on the moon are extremely costly, and speaking more than one language comes with a price.