The American language is today one of the most popular spoken language worldwide. With only Chinese being superior to the American language, it is no wonder why the language, culture and fashion has rapidly sneaked up on Denmark, and has started to affect the native languages of the country. We hear or read words and songs from America every day. It could be a song playing in the radio, or a label on a dishwasher, and we don’t even think about it being American.
A Danish writer called Dan Turéll once said when he was talking about his youth and the changes in the Danish community, “USA was like the big brother of Denmark”.
Globalization is also a hot subject when talking about the Americanization. What are the threats and possibilities that globalization holds for us and the rest of the world?
Easy communication all over the world is one aspect of globalization. This appears to be a good thing but many bad things can come out of it. Of course global trading and negotiating is a good thing. China can share their knowledge and science with USA and vice versa. But terrorists can also exploit the global communication for example the nowadays pirates in Somalia. They can kidnap some Danes and contact the Danish police or government and ask for a ransom. Globalization also leads to the world “shrinking”. Cultures will be more alike because it is so easy to travel to the other side of the world and learn from other cultures, buy their food or items and adopt it in to your own culture. This can in worst case scenario end up with having a world that is the same no matter where you go. It doesn’t matter if you are in China or in Mexico.
American words and sentences has for a long time, been adopted into the Danish language. At a young age the Danes learn English at elementary school. Therefore the language is accepted and known by a lot of Danes. The Danes use a lot of American words like fuck, download, Walkman and other words they don’t consider