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aimen | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) Honors

Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:19 AM via web

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Through examples, explain if English really is a global language.

Through examples, explain if English really is a global language.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 10, 2011 at 3:42 AM (Answer #2)

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I would say that English is a global language.  The Age of Exploration where the British were able to begin their process of Colonization went very far in establishing English as a language around the world.  If one considers the idea that "the sun never set on the British Empire," then this would mean that English never stopped being spoken in it.  Throughout the world the British were able to establish English as a language of cultural power and political prestige.  Modern English is viewed today as the dominant language or the required international language of communication.  Any airport has signs and directions posted in English.  I think that a speaker of English has benefits that few others enjoy as much.  The very fact that majority, if not all, of the questions posted on enotes are in English helps to make the case that the language is global.  If one wanted to pursue the ends of global citizenship, they would have to embrace understanding and speaking English in some form or another.  Few, if any, other languages can make this claim right now at this point in time.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM (Answer #3)

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Of course English is a global language, but you should realize that it is not the same English everywhere that it is spoken.

English is a global language because people everywhere speak it, at least as a second language.  However, it is not the same language everywhere.  Each country where English is spoken as a second language produces its own special kind of English.

So English is a global language, but it is not identical everywhere.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM (Answer #4)

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There are many different English dialects but I agree that English in general is a global language. One of the reasons for this is because it is effective. For example, writings in all subject areas are commonly published and distributed in English before any other language.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM (Answer #5)

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I would have to say that English is a global language. One example of this would be when you call a company and someone in India answers the call at a call center. They are going to at least attempt to converse in English. As someone else has mentioned, the English language sounds different in different countries.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 31, 2011 at 5:17 PM (Answer #6)

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English had the one-two punch advantage in terms of it's dominance in the past century over international business.  What was started by the British Empire in sometimes forcibly spreading their culture and language was accelerated by the American economic empire, as its huge appetite for resources and profits has reached onto every continent.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 2, 2011 at 1:24 PM (Answer #7)

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English is a global language in the sense that if you travel to other countries for lieasure or business, you will more than likely find someone who can speak English mo matter where you go. In most countries, you can count on finding many people who speak English and in some almost the whole population does.
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farheencpy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM (Answer #8)

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the all writtings of you all have not a importance for the student.

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