lingua franca

VCR Lesson 8

n. A language used by people who do not speak a common tongue; usually combines aspects of different languages

synonyms:

communication

common language

translator

antonyms:

unfamiliar language

lingo

foreign

English is used a lingua franca in areas that used to be controlled by Britain.
My native language being English and my friends being French, we had to communicate through a lingua franca, Spanish.
English as an international language: implications for classroom teaching - Penny Ur
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