With the invention, in the early 1900s, of steam technology, came the real breakthrough in the globalisation of the English language, as the press became mechanised and so news about British and American technological developments travelled further, and more frequently, to the colonies by the new railways and steamships.
The news of these miraculous inventions now reached the rest of the world with such haste, and international markets soon realised that if they wanted to make a significant impact during the Industrial Revolution, they had to improve their knowledge of what technology was being invented.
As much of this technology came from England and America, the directions about how to use the machinery were written in English and so foreign traders had to learn English, or at least have enough capability to ensure basic understanding. Conclusion Through watching these movies, people abroad are learning the English language, whilst being entertained.
The same can be said of the power which American television has over the world, and its obvious benefits.
For example, two hundred and fifty million Chinese people (more than the population of the United States itself) are learning English on TV.
If it were not for English, we would not have seen India’s heading large corporate or occupying key positions in organizations across the globe.
India is a country with diverse regions and people with diverse languages are its citizens.
People are so attached, and naturally so, with their local languages, that they sometimes end up treating people speaking other languages as foreigners or strangers.
As India was a British Colony, English became an official language of India, for all diplomatic and administrative conveniences, and thereby came to be widely used in both spoken and literary contexts.
But the reason that English remained an official language after 1947 is attributed to the fact that as a language it played an important role in unifying regions with different people under one flag and constitution.
Importance of English Language in Higher Education Many writers across world agree that English is the ‘queen of languages’. Rajgopalachari once wrote “English language is the greatest gift of Goddess Saraswati to India”.
The United Nations Organization (UNO) has given English the status of an official language.
It is not just because it is one of the most widely spoken languages, but also because the use of English has made the social and economic exchange between people of different communities and culturespractically possible.
It is well recognized that English-speaking persons can be traced in all the continents of the world and is the reason for its importance in the compulsory education of many countries across the globe.
It is not only used in public and private offices but also in education institutions, media, sports and business.
It has proved its dominance all around the world, its power has spanned many centuries, and today, with the internet - the means of communication of the future - recording 94% of its sites as being written in English, it is safe to say that it will continue to do so for many future generations. Well written and logically structured essay which shows evidence of detailed research and wider reading.
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Writer explores in detail many factors which contributed to growth of English.
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Introduction The Growth and Importance of English as a Global Language The definition of a global language, is a language which has been given a specific place within countries and communities around the world, even in places where there are very few native speakers of this language.
Although English is not the most widely spoken language in the world in terms of the number of native speakers - there are many more native Chinese speakers than native English speakers - it is described as a 'global language' and Chinese is not.
This is because there are few other communities in the world that give Chinese, be it Mandarin or Cantonese, a particular use or function, probably due to the fact that its alphabet is so different from that which is used in the majority of the rest of the world.
It is impossible to know exactly how many English speakers there are in the world, but according to estimates, there are more than 350 million native English speakers and more than 400 million speakers of English as a second, or foreign, language.
These figures are especially impressive considering the fact that this mass popularity only came about in approximately the last three centuries.
The English language's influence spans across the globe and is more influential in the world of media, communication, business and government than any other, even in certain countries where English is used, or regarded, as a minority language.
It is the language of maritime communication and international air traffic control and is acknowledged as the language of popular culture primarily in the entertainment fields of cinema and music. Middle This is due to the fact that many of these countries have numerous different regional dialects, for example in India (which utilises English as its official language) a census recorded over 200 different mother tongues even though the Indian constitution recognises only 18 official Indian languages.
The colonisation of the United States in particular made a great impact upon the use of English as a global language.
As early as during the 1750s, renowned philosopher and writer David Hume rightly stated that, 'Our solid and increasing establishments in America promise a superior stability and duration to the English language'.
This is because during the 1800s, England was firmly establishing itself as the 'workshop of the world', and with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, during which, England paved the way for the invention of technological wonders, America gained speed in the race for economic power.
Popular culture, in particular pop music, also affected and is still affecting the growth and spread of the English language.