korien_oct28“I couldn’t speak her language and she couldn’t speak mine, but we had both studied English in school, so English was our lingua franca.”

A lingua franca is a third language used to communicate by people who don’t speak the same native languages. This is often necessary for trade, so it’s also called a trade language.


Lingua franca は、お互いの母国語を話せない人が使う第三の言語です。貿易などの商業でよく必要になるので trade language とも言います。