English as a Global Language English has a global reach, it is used


English has a global reach, it is used in business, law, academia, and the internet as a means of universal communication. Go anywhere in the world and you are likely to find one person who knows English anywhere, even if just a little. Walk into a business building and you are sure to hear it in the halls. Go to any hotel and you are sure to find staff speaking it. English has achieved global status, indeed the language of globalization. Perhaps the economist puts it best in stating 'it is everywhere' . Indeed it is everywhere, and there are several reasons for this, including the globalization of the world and the English speakers part in it, the spread of the internet, and the choosing of many academics as well as companies to use English.

The Economist writes: 'some 380m people speak it as their first language and perhaps two-thirds as many again as their second. A billion are learning it, about a third of the world´s population are in some sense exposed to it and by 2050, it is predicted, half the world will be more or less proficient in it' . That is an incredible number. Think that half the world will be proficient in one language and you truly see the importance of it. If you had stayed on the sidelines of this one, get in the game now. Learn English now as its use will only continue to spread, and the better one gets at it earlier, the better. If that is not the definition of a global language then there does not exist one.

In the expansion of the globalizing world, the British Empire and the United States have had a large part in it. The British Empire spread English to many parts of the world and in the 20th century the United States power increased exponentially, and during WWI and WWII the US became a large power broker. They dealt with the world in providing resources and now the US is the largest consumer of resources. As the economist states 'the success or failure of a language has little to do with its inherent qualities 'and everything to do with the power of the people who speak it.' And that, as Professor Jean Aitchison of Oxford University points out, is particularly true of English' .

What has ensued is the ever increasing importance of English. In academia 'Anglophone America is the global academic' . Something very related to the spread of knowledge and indeed the strength of English is the fact that the majority of web sites is in English and indeed the Internet is English. A study by google states 'the internet can be suspected to further increase the adoption of English' .

But in terms of English as a global language perhaps the best example would be 'Renault and Nissan executives come to terms with their joint venture common language ' English.' Two countries whose official language is not English agree to use it as a company language. In a world that is globalized, English can be seen as the glue that helps hold it together .

The triumph of English: A world Empire by other means, Dec 20, 2001 http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displayStory.cfm' Story_ID=883997

The triumph of English: A world Empire by other means, Dec 20, 2001 http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displayStory.cfm' Story_ID=883997

The triumph of English: A world Empire by other means, Dec 20, 2001 http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displayStory.cfm' Story_ID=883997

English as universal academic language, good or bad', Dean Bakopoulus, The university record, January 17, 1997 http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/9697/Jan28_97/artcl18.htm

Google translator: the universal language Sunday may 22, 2005 http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2005-05-22-n83.html