> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Antonielly Garcia Rodrigues > > Back to the original subject: I've decided that the natural language > > that deserves the most support of the average Euroclone-using IALer is > > Spanish, for the following reasons: > > -It's the only language that has enough clout to even come close to > > contending with English, and is also in a geographical area that > > encroaches on English as well; > > Moreover, Portuguese and Spanish, two languages that already are major > by themselves, are remarkably close to each other to the point of very > good mutual intelligibility. And the Portuguese+Spanish macrolanguage > has more native speakers than English! :) There is a certain amount of mutual intelligibility between Romance languages, especially closely related ones like Spanish and Portuguese. The combined populations are very large too. I really don't think any would make a really good auxlang. I wouldn't expect them to give English any competition either though I do predict that Latin America will likely be the slowest to absorb English.