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E.F. - France said:
English as a global languageFor many years English has been referred to as the global language, as the langauge of communication and technology. People of all nationalities learn English and it is not uncommon to see English being used as a means of communication of foreign native speakers of other languages; for example a Spanish engineer and a Polish businessman. Nowadays, if your knowledge of English is limited, you risk being excluded from current affairs, aspects in education work and technological advances. It is evident that English will be the second language of the human population. We can't ascertain as to when this will happen however, there is no doubt that it will happen. According to experts, English will be an obligatory subject in every school curriculum throughout the world. It has been calculated that in the year 2010, an estimated two billion people, a third of the world's population will master English as their second language. Evidence of these changes are occurring all the time. When looking at the Eurovision Song Contest, countries which take part, have an option to sing in English. In the 2009 European song contest, 14 out of the 25 competing countries requested for an amendment of the rules enabling them to sing in English. The argument that these countries put forward was that singing in their native languages would set them at a disadvantage. One could then ask what the future holds for English native speakers? It has been claimed that within the next ten years, non-native english speakers will surpass native english speakers by 4 to 1. The most important 'Englishes' will not be British English or American English, but what has been called 'Majority English' and 'Native English'. Consequently, native english speakers will continue to predominantly speak one language whilst the rest of the global community achieve a bilingual or trilingual status. As the numbers of people speaking English increase, subsequently they will become more sufficient and competent with the language. It may also arise that these individuals will account for English resources that are being produced such as dictionaries and language books. This idea seems far fetched however to disperse any doubts, it would be useful to look at the country of sweden; their music exports which are predominantly English account for more than thirty per cent of its export income. This exported English is bound to have an effect upon the English language. In conclusion, it can be said that English speakers will not have to worry about learning other languages as they will be able to speak English in any part of the world.