What Is Your Opinion of The Spread of English in the World Today?

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The usage of English language by people is common in every part of the world. Nowadays there are lots of people interested in English reading and speaking. According to Hung (2009), the world was in need of a common language at the end of the 19th century to communicate and they believed that this common langurage should be among the natural languages that existed at that time. So among other languages English seemed to be more suited to the world language (Hung, 2009). Since English has now become the language of diplomacy, book, medicine, airport, science, sports and technology, it has achieved hegemony above the other languages. (Gaffey, 2005). Although nowadays people use English a lot in their daily life, some non-English speakers…show more content…
There are some other studies that show, spread of English in today’s world was neutral and it belongs to everyone. As Hung (2009) says, English does not belongs to some specific countries who speak English such as USA, Canada and Australia but it belongs to the whole world. So English as a world language is not property of a few English speaking counties but other countries who are speaking English have its ownership too (Hung, 2009). As Dornyei (2006) and Jenkins (2007) suggest, there are some specialists who exprimented that day by day English language is being used as international language and its bases of nationwide culture is decreasing (as cited in Hung, 2009). Through English the non-native English countries can express their ideas to the rest of the world and can introduce their culture and identity to the world (Hung, 2009). However, there are some conclusive evidence that shows spread of English has created domination of language which is good for some countries and marginalizes those whose native language is not English. Skutnabb-Kangas (1988: 13), has defined it as “ideologies, structures, and practices which are used to legitimate, effectuate, and reproduce an unequal division of power and resources (both material and immaterial) between groups which are defined on the basis of language.”( as cited in Lin,
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