It's unbelievable that educated people could get so upset about the role of English in their cultural identity, considering how hardy both culture and language are in their own right.
France has absolutely nothing to worry about. It will always be an international cradle of art, culture, politics and law.
A few courses delivered in English so that full-tuition-paying international students can practice the language of business along with their francais isn't going to change this or, as some fear, "marginalize" French.
The same applies stateside, where our wrangling over an official language has little to do with logic and everything to do with emotion.
Instead of talking about how strong our country would be if we ensured that each child grew up with English as their primary language and any other language as their second, we're stuck in a tired controversy about attempts to make this an "English-only" country.
English as our national unifying language - as proposed legislation once described it - wouldn't offend anyone if it was properly presented as "English first."
Instead, English-only is usually viewed as code for discrimination against anyone who doesn't renounce his or her other languages or speak perfect English.
Yet only a few totally bigoted kooks really feel this way. Even ProEnglish lists respecting "the right to use other languages" as a guiding principle in its mission to ensure everyone living here can communicate in a common language.
There's no need to freak out about English. It'll grow around the world without wiping out other tongues.
And, in the United States, it will eventually conquer Hispanic households as completely as it did German homes during Ben Franklin's time.
"Official" or not, the English language will neither prevent nor degrade multilingualism. In fact, as Fuguet so fluidly proves, English will succeed in enhancing it.
Esther Cepeda's email address is estherjcep...@washpost.com. Follow her on Twitter, @estherjcepeda.