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English as a Universal LanguageIt is said that roughly 1.5 billion people on this planet speak English, they may not be proficient but they are able to converse and be understood. English is also taught as a foreign language in up to 100 different countries (Crystal, 2003). All these statistics are vast and impressive but in fact do not place English in the ?Universal Language? category. According to Crystal (2003) to be a Universal language, a non-mother tongue language must have official or ?special? status in the foreign territory. This is done by assigning the language to different sectors where it is used as the main spoken language such as, government, media, court and legal system as well as the education system. The language is also usually given the status of official second language and is taught at school from a young age. There are many reasons for why English is one of the most spoken languages across continents and many reasons why it probably will not ever become the universal language of the world. It is said that the main reason for a language to flourish world wide is due to political, economic and military powers associated with the language (Crystal, 2003) although factors such as globalisation and diversification in the form of the internet, media, music and