English as a Global Language

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For a long time, English has been considered as a global language. David Crystal, British expert, says “Global language is a language spoken internationally by people who speak different language without replacing their native language” (David Crystal, 2003). Nowadays, people who speak other languages such as Mandarin have increased. Although there are some people who think English will be no longer the global language in the future, English will continue having the same power as now. Opponents might say that Chinese people are increasing, so Mandarin should be the global language. According to Nationalencyklopedin and “the future of English as she was spoke,” people who speak Mandarin is about 95 million, and about 36 million people speak English as the first language. However, there are over billion people who use English as the second or third language. Nowadays, English speakers in developing countries also have been increasing. This is because they know that English is the key for development of the countries. The Guardian, the national daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, reported that language can increase the earning power of individuals by around 25% and that developing economies need access to English if they are to grow and position themselves in the global economy (“The Guardian: Research backs English as key to development” par. 1). Furthermore, because companies want to employ excellent people regardless of nationality, they recommend using English, according to “the Economist. Millennium Issue.” For these reasons, the number of people who learn English will still rise. Even though some people say that learning English is difficult, English is not too difficult to learn compared to other languages. For example, D... ... middle of paper ... ...ersity Press Nationalencyklopedin: http://www.ne.se/språk/världens-100-största-språk-2010 the future of English as she was spoke: http://www.economist.com/node/17730434 The Guardian: Research backs English as key to development: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/jul/05/research-backs-english-language-delotbiniere The Economist. Millennium Issue: http://www.economist.com/node/347316 David Moser: Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard? par10 See Say English, Why Learning English is Easy: http://www.seesayenglish.com/whylearningiseasy_en.html China’s economy is freezing up. How freaked out should we be? : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/06/20/chinas-economy-is-freezing-up-how-freaked-out-should-we-be/ The Guardian: S&P upgrades outlook for US economy to 'stable: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/jun/10/standard-poor-upgrades-us-rating-stable

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