Sunday, 11 October 2015

English as the global language

In recent years, cultural globalization, which is the transmission of ideas and values around the globe, has resulted in rendering English one of the most predominant languages internationally. However, every coin has two sides and so does the preeminence of English. 

There are many advantages concerning English as a lingua franca. First of all, as the definition f the term "lingua franca" indicates, it contributes to making communication between people who do not share a mother tongue feasible. Apart from that, being bilingual, that is speaking fluently two different languages, provides us with the opportunity to elevate our intelligence and critically thinking skills and to be open to other cultures since openmindedness is a characteristic of civialized and modern people. Last but not least, bilingualism entails economic advantages, on account of the fact that professional needs are satisfied. More specifically, not only is the possibility of being employed more likely when having mastered the global language, since mobility is even more  simplified, but also companies have the competitive edge they need in order to succeed in the realm of global business. 

On the other hand, though, this contemporary trends has some significant disadvantages. Firstly, English results in globalization (i.e. the adoption of the same lifestyle by people around the world) and in homogeneous societies, which are governed by uniformity; that is, the decrease of the uniqueness of once-isolated communities, which is what makes them differ from the world as a unit. Another case in point is that indigenous languages, or dialects, constantly vanish, which means that a whole civialization ceases to exist. More specifically, a culture is undoubtedly contingent on its identity, its language and when it becomes extinct because of the threat of globalization, this is a vile fact. Lastly,the mother tongue may be corrupted by the influx of words in English that dominate their equivalents in the mother tongue.

taking all this into consideration, there is no doubt in my mind that the disadvantages are outweighed by the advantages of English as the global language. Only if we utilize English in moderation and wisely, will we be able to reap its tremendous benefits without brushing aside the fact that language shapes and limits our thoughts an d power. 

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