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