The Future Status of English as the Global Language Is Assured

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The future status of English as the global language is assured Due to the first industrial revolution in the 1760s, Britain became prosperous and rose quickly. In order to accumulate the capital, the Britain Empire began its colonial expansion, during which English, as a kind of language, was transmitted across the world. Nowadays, English has become a global language. It is estimated by David Crystal that about 350 million’s first language is English, along with 250-350 million speaking English as second language [1]. With the process of globalization, the number of people speaking English is still increasing. Although other kinds of language such as Chinese, French and German attract more and more speakers, I hold the belief that the future status of English as the global language is assured. Opponents claim that many non-English speaking countries have launched a campaign against “linguistic invasion” [2]. Indeed, many countries manage to promote their native language and reject English. For example, the parliament in France established a law in 1994 requiring all slogans or bulletin board should be designed in French. What’s more, in 2011 many Japanese demonstrate to reject English as the public language. However, these events cannot shake the status of English. The argument ignores the fact that the number of people learning English is “soaring”. Today there are above 1 billion people learning English. Still more than a hundred countries list English as their first foreign language.[3] As for the executives in companies, they have to learn English taking business benefits and personal opportunities into account. What’s more, the unceasing development of media and Internet largely helps spread English according to “The World Language” by economist [4]. Therefore, those rejections against English only encourage people to speak more native language to some extent, but cannot stop the expansion of English. Other opponents consider that Chinese, which is a hot...
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