As a global lingua franca, English has the puissance to enhance communication between individuals, being particularly favourable and propitious in the area of economics and trade. Despite this, it has persistently been the substratum for the death of numerous other languages, consequently posing a threat to identity, and the value of language and culture.
For instance, clerks need English to deal with international business, the more fluent English you can speak, the more possibility that you can serve them well, then you get more potential to be promoted. Second, English impacts on the frequency that people notice English. Nowadays, we are acquiring convenience and many interesting things via the internet. Especially, YouTube and Facebook helped the spread of English, people tend to share their comments in English regardless of where they are, discovering foreign video is also one of the attribution. In other words, English is also the language of technology and science (Pike,
This thus emphasises that having English as a global language helps countries economic growth and makes it difficult for other countries to compete with it due to their Military, Political and Economic power (Nunan, 2001). Having one... ... middle of paper ... ...ke it part of their life even though languages die out as a result. In conclusion, globalization has impacted the activities of many countries; this include to exchange, trade and economic activities between nations. In order for these activities to occur, countries need to understand each other. This shows the positive aspect of having English as a global language as there are more employment opportunities, connections and interactions between people and is easily learnt from technology and media.
For example, business activities always use English. Some multinational enterprises company require employee to have a high level English skill, so that they can communicate with the partner very easily. Good communication can obtain high benefit in business. Many people of multinational company use English as a world language. You will hear business people use English in many cities.
1.0 Introduction English is fast becoming the dominant means by which the world is able to communicate. It is being referred to as the global language as it is seen as a common means for interaction between different countries. This new phenomena can be seen in a positive light because the use of English as a common language brings efficiency and greater understanding. Growth and development are not tolerant of differences and English becomes a means for international expansion. A global language is a world language that is spoken internationally which is learned by many people as a second language.
While this phenomenon can be seen in a positive thing by some people because the use of English as a common language brings efficiency and greater understanding internationally, others like myself, are not so certain because language and culture are closely connected, and therefore when a country’s language is overtaken, so are the traditions so important to their culture. In his article “Why a Global Language?” David Crystal explains what is a global language, what makes a global language, and why do we need a global language. Moreover, in his article “Why a Global Language?” Crystal explains how English is the “global language,” it can be found all around the world, even headlines in other countries are written in English (Crystal 167). However, Crystal acknowledges that not everyone understands English. English is not everyone’s first language and those people, including myself, may feel threatened because English is growing so quickly, and it makes their first languages seem insignificant (Crystal 167).
These English slangs emerged to become a part of the English we speak today. The continuation and influence of English as global language soon makes its way to Asia. In most of the Asian countries, English is seen as necessity of a second language. It breaks the barriers between the world countries and allow relationships to be built for better businesses, education and social class for its people. The influence of English in Asia creates global modernization.
The importance of English is measurable by its increasing expansion in several nations around the world. The majority of Europe is beginning to speak English, leaving only five European nations that do not speak it as a popular foreign language, as stated in a Daily Mail online article by Steve Doughty (Doughty). The language is everywhere, from popular culture, western movies and music, literature, news, schools and more. The domination of English in media, its increasing global expansion, and significance in the economic industry make it the most important language today in terms of social mobility. Media is one means of communication that links us all together.
Most of the improvements which are essential for the mankind have their roots in English speaking areas and that is why English is dominating the globe in medical research, technological innovation and rock ‘n’ roll. In order to visualize the “global” as an adjective in the collocation “global language”, a study has shown the numbers of people speaking the language. According to them, there are about 6000 languages in the world and not surprisingly English is at the top of the list of most dominant. In the world there are 375 million first-language speakers, approximately the same number of second-language speakers and about 750 million foreign-language speakers (David Graddol, The Future of English? A Guide to Forecasting the Popularity of the English Language in the 21st Century.
I believe that it is hard to underestimate the role of English in a modern global society and most probably it will gain more and more importance as a world language, however, the spread of English does not diminish the importance of other languages and the need to study them. This paper will examine the reasons of the emergence of English as a global language, explain the main problems and controversies of its dominance and gives some projections on the role of English language in the future society. The main reasons of English currently being the global language are: the need for the some common language to ease communication in the modern global society; special features of English language; and the economic and political dominance of Great Britain and the US in the last century that ensure the spread of English around the world. The real need for some common world language really emerged only in the 20th century, when the active processes of globalization started to take place. The creation of the numerous international organizations, the development of technology and transportation created the need in a global language (Crystal 2012).