Should English Be Ficial Universal Language?

1837 WordsMar 26, 20168 Pages
Should English be the Official Universal Language? English has become the most widespread and powerful language on Earth. The imperial English Empire spread English across the globe; from America to Asia. English’s position in the world was cemented by US cultural and diplomatic dominance; evident in American movies, fast food, and clothing. English has proven it is not moving anywhere anytime soon, as English only grows in use over time. Thus a debate has arisen: Should English be the official Universal Language? On one hand, English can harm other cultures, international relations, and scientific development; however, English is very flexible and widely used, making it the perfect candidate for a global language. The first and…show more content…
In a moment of inspiration, Nerriere christened it ‘Globish’.” (McCrum) Linguistic and cultural divides make conversation and business between Korean and Japanese businesses difficult, but Globish serves as a neutral medium for the two parties to talk. Globish is very simplified, and exists to assist with international business, travel, and diplomacy where a common tongue is needed. Neither side feels at a disadvantage speaking the other side’s language, especially since Globish is detached from normal English. The desire of countries to teach English to their populaces, mostly for an edge in international business, is growing. There are some 50 million people in China enrolled in “Crazy English”, a program conducted by Li Yang to teach English. The goal of this program is to help students get jobs in international businesses (McCrum). As a result of this widespread desire to learn English, the majority of the people in nations such as India, China, and assorted economically poor nations, have adopted English (or rather the simplified “Globish”) as a secondary language in hopes of economic success. This also causes English to be known by diverse peoples across the world, while many other dominant languages are much more geographically confined. English is also very prevalent in international organizations and the internet. “Indeed, over 85% of
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