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Why has English become a lingua franca in our globalized world?

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English has become one of the most widely used languages across the globe, and this can be traced back to English imperialism and colonialism. At the height of its dominance, the British Empire was present in most parts of the world spanning from Africa to Asia. In the interactions between the English and the natives, the English always imposed their language on the natives through education. Thus, it became the official language between the English and their hosts from the different countries.

The English managed to maintain their presence in the different regions even after this period,...

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English became the lingua franca of the world because Britain was able to build a huge empire and colonize North America. If the French had succeeded rather the British French would have been the world language.

What's the point of learning another language if you already know English? If you are talking of google-type of translation, English should be sufficient. But more fundamentally, every language contains the wisdom of its speakers. If you know many languages you can benefit from the thought content of different languages.

Even at a practical level the chances of your employability increase if you English and another language.

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