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ENGLISH AS GLOBAL COMMUNICATION

Communication:
It is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or
information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behavior.
In order to communicate effectively, one needs a language that is widely understood and
is common. Over the years, English has become that sort of language. It is the language most
commonly used and understood by almost everyone. So it is easier to communicate in English as
it is the best way to express ourselves. In the present age, it has become even more of a medium
of communication because it is the language of the Internet and the computer. And as most of the
communication these days involves computers and internet, so it is even more widely used.
The English language has certainly become a global language. Global communication and
the English language is an increasing topic being discussed throughout the world. Some
countries are concerned that they will lose their cultural heritage along with their native tongue
as a result of the increasing use of the English language. It is no surprise that English is
becoming the preferred language for international communication. The use of the English
language is something that is considered a requirement in many fields of business, especially in
the higher echelons. Even in countries where English is not the country's primary language, a
basic knowledge of English is generally required. This fact is definitely true in the fields of
medicine and computing, where one is bound to have to communicate with someone that was not
born in the same country that you were.
It is not uncommon around the world for people to speak English if they want to
communicate with someone not from their country. It is also the dominant language in many
fields, such as business, science, entertainment, radio, and diplomacy. There are many different
languages in the world, and there are simply none more impactful than the English language. The
English language is an amazing language, and it is beautiful. The shear amounts of people who
speak it are breath-taking, and there are many countries that teach the global language of
communication in primary schools.
With about 400 million people who speak it as their primary language, and the total of English
speakers at nearly 2 billion people around the world, it is no wonder why this language is the

global language of communication. English is the most widely spoken language of the world. This
is due in part because of the power the United States has had economically and politically. It is the
most widely taught language in over 70 countries. Most of us take language for granted. We use it
every day-in spoken, written, auditory, and electronic forms - while forgetting that it's what makes
human communication possible. There is no official global language at this time; however, the
popularity of the English language can be traced through geography, and social and cultural
factors. English is the mother tongue of 380 million people, but it is the language used worldwide
by the academic press, newspapers, magazines, scientist, businessmen, and politicians. Over 80
percent of the Internet is in English but more than 40 percent of on-line users speak another
language in the home. No one language in the history of man has been so widely spoken and by
so many, as that of the English language.
The English language is increasingly the dominant force that governs the world. Why
English? Two reasons have been cited: one is based on the geography of the world, the other on
social/cultural factors. History has shown with the spread of colonialism and expansion began the
spread of language. With the development of the British Empire around the world, English is
represented in every continent. Authors agree that English is fast becoming the language of
choice, but are not sure if it can hold up to the scrutiny of imperialism, the scrutiny of attacking
other cultures, or the scrutiny of being limited and taxed in other countries. English may continue
to grow among the higher societal classes in countries all over the world, but in truth people
continue to cling to their native tongue afraid that if it is lost, then they will also lose their culture.
It is for certain that English will continue to be the choice for global commerce, but those who
speak English should respect other countries when visiting, and while doing business. Never
assume that the parties in which you are conducting business speak English. Learn to ask them in
their native tongue what their language choice is, and then proceed as necessary. Most likely they
will choose to conduct the business in English, but chances are you have already earned their
respect by taking language into consideration.
English is without a doubt the actual universal language. It is the world's second largest native
language, the official language in 70 countries, and English-speaking countries are responsible
for about 40% of world's total GNP. English can be at least understood almost everywhere
among scholars and educated people, as it is the world media language, and the language of

cinema, TV, pop music and the computer world. All over the planet people know many English
words, their pronunciation and meaning.
In todays interconnected world English is no longer viewed as a foreign language. While it is the
native language of only a dozen countries, it is spoken in more than 90 countries with a total
population of about 2 billion speakers.
English is the global language?
We hear it on television spoken by politicians from all over the world. Wherever we travel we
see English signs and advertisements A language that has developed a special role that is
recognized in every country. Large numbers of people speak it as a mother tongue. In case of
Eng: USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, several Caribbean
countries, and a few other territories. There are two main ways in which a language can achieve
this special place in non-mother tongue places. It can be made an official language. One that is
used as a medium of communication in domains such as government, law, media, education
Presumes that citizens will be able to master the language at an early age (Often described as a
second language one that complements the mother tongue.)
English has achieved this status in over 70 countries in places such as Ghana, Nigeria, India,
Singapore. It can be made a priority in the countrys foreign-language teaching (without formal
official status). The language most accessible to children in school. Most available to adults for
continued education etc. English is currently taught as a second language in over 100 countries
including China, Russia, Germany, Spain, Egypt, Brazil. Sole official language of a country
Shared official status, Semi-official status (only in certain domains), Formally acknowledged in
a constitution (e.g. India). Could be unmentioned Britain (just understood), Or even
controversial as an Official language (USA) .

Factors:
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Historical Tradition
Political Expediency
Commercial,
Cultural
Technological Contact

6) Governmental Financial Support As A Foreign Language


7) Availability Of Resources For Teaching
Other Dominance Factors:
1) Economic
2) Technological
3) And Cultural Power

Language Does Not Have An Independent Existence:


1) It only exists in the brains, mouths, ears, hand, & eyes of those who use it.
2) Languages dont become dominate because they are more expressive, aesthetic, used for
literature or religion.
3) There is nothing inherently better about English
4) Some appealing things about English may be that it has familiarity due to the large amount of
borrowed words (particularly with French)
5) Possibly has a simpler structure (in comparison with German)
6) Does not show power relationships (tu/vu) making it a more democratic language
Some Not So Appealing Things About English:
Communication:
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Telegraph
Telephone
Radio
TV

Commerce:
1) International marketing
2) Advertising
Entertainment:
1) Movies
2) Music (maybe even video games)
Education:
Drive to make progress in science and technology intellectual research and scholarship at the
beginning of the 19th century Britain had become a world leader in industry and trade British

political imperialism had sent English around the globe. By the early 20th century the world
presence was maintained and promoted through the economic supremacy of the new American
superpower. Economics replaced politics as the chief driving force. And the language behind
the US $ was English
Why do we need a Global Language?
However many times a lingua franca extended only over a small community of speakers. In
modern times languages have developed major international roles in limited areas of the world.
English is used in Internet use and standards. English language is a source of Worldwide
communication. Children need to learn English to succeed in the world today.

The Importance Of English:


At present, the whole world is an open system. The economic globalization has demonstrated
that all the continents and countries are not independent of each other. Now we can use this
common language to communicate with each other. According to the investigation, the
information about 95% from Internet is issued in English, only 0.14% in Chinese. English is the
most widespread language on Earth. To study English very well, we should improve our spoken
English as much as we can.
English

was spread to many parts of the world through the expansion of the British Empire

during the 17th, 18th,

19th and 20th centuries.

International Meetings and Conferences using

English. Internet resources are in English All

International paper published in English. Most update engineering news is in English.

In

academia over 50% of all research is published in English. English has become compulsory at
the elementary level.
Nowadays, English language is the most well-known language in the world. English is describe
as the main language or in some cases, English is the international language of communications,
science, business, aviation, entertainment, radio, and diplomacy because it's spoken by billions
around the world. Because English is so widely spoken, it has often referred as the "world
language or sometimes called as the lingua franca of the modern times. A working knowledge of
English has become a need in a number of fields, jobs, and professions most likely in medicines

and computing, for this reason, billions of people speak English to at least a basic level.
English is use as the language for global communication. Since we knew that communicating is
important in communication, we interchange or transfer information, thoughts, opinions, feelings
and ideas .So without English, we cannot communicate or connect with other countries and our
life would be utterly boring because we will talk to each other with different mother tongues that
would result to misunderstanding and miscommunication.
Most international; phone calls and emails are in English. Most computer text is stored in
English. Currently most websites are all or part in English. Most online communication is in
English. It is predominant language use by travelers. More people study English than any other
language. The position of English can only be altered by major world-scale political and
economical changes, such as increasing importance of the European Union or a coalition
between Japan and China.
English is one of the languages spoken in a great many countries of the world, so learning
English will help you to express your thoughts and feelings in a way that more people can
understand you. Also, English helps businesses to communicate better with other Englishspeaking people.