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The World Status of The English Language

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A global language is a language spoken internationally, the most popular one being English. It is learned by many people as a second language.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Damian B. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

Word Origin

A big part of the lexical units in the English language was taken from German, Latin, French, and other European countries. People think that languages have a strong relation between dominance and cultural power.

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Global Communication

To have a common language is important because it's one of the main ways to communicate and interact with other people around us. It allowed us to communicate with foreign people. The English language has become the most important language for people in many parts of the world. It is most widely used in communicating around the world, Also it is spoken as the first language in many countries.

English is playing a major role in many sections like education, medicine, engineering, and business. Many reasons make English the most important language in the world. Also, there are many reasons for people to learn English. Such as for a degree to work abroad, future business, international business, traveling the world... Meanwhile in many countries, English is a subject with a degree.

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Language Structure

The main reason for English becoming the most spoken language could be the simplicity of the language. English is a very effective language, that it is proved by the many native and non-native speakers all over the world. English has been introduced in the field of business for many years. Also, English is a language that is been used in films, music, television, and in a lot of more technological features like the Internet.

Cultural Importance

A big amount of population of the world watches Hollywood’s movies. This expansion also led to an increase in popularity of the English language. Moreover, English has enabled a common communication means between people of different backgrounds. For example, a Spanish tourist visiting China does not have to learn mandarin as they have the common English language.

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Challenges For Learners

English can be also very difficult, especially for non-native speakers. There are words written in one way and then read in another way, which can be very confusing. Furthermore, difficulties appear in different areas in the world, as the pronunciation and the accent is not everywhere the same, making it difficult for persons who speak English as a second language. For example in England, Wales and Scotland they all speak English, but for a nonnative English speaker, it can be very difficult to understand the different accents.

Since the English language is so widely spoken, many people believe is vital to learn as a second language. People seem to have made the right decision, as it is spoken in a wide geographical area.

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To sum up, a big part of our planet speaks English, is considered an easy language to learn. But in my opinion, the level of difficulty also depends on the individual learner. English has simply developed to be an easy way of communication between various nations and the world. I think we can say English is the global language, as it is the language of technologies and computing. Nowadays English is used in most jobs around the world.

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