Is English an universal language (Lingua Franca)?
Is English a universal language?
English is the most used language internationally. It has been used as a language that unites people in different transactions and activities. This could be attached to the reason that English is quite an easy language to understand and speak. The organization of the letters has a simplified format that any person keen to learn would understand. It is the most used language in movies, music, and most world plays. Although English is simple, it also has numerous vocabularies that anyone interested in learning has to learn. It is easy to learn the language depending on the purpose the person learning will use it for. However, English is a universal Language since it is used in all international forums and platforms.
One of the early nations that used the English language was the US, who knew they could easily use the language to colonize the other nations. The British also who occupied a large percentage of the world also had a great influence in the use of English as a language of doing business. In the 21st century, every order including sciences now uses English, and this applies to most other professions that were previously dominated by other languages universally. Nowadays most scientific reports and journals will be done in English so that they can receive a universal reception. In the past few centuries, there was an extensive usage of Arabic which potentially got replace by the Islamic language. In science, they mostly applied Latin as a language of communication, especially in Britain. As the world progressed from one century to other there was the shift of use of languages from French to Italian to German and finally to English. After the world war, II Americans became very powerful hence dominating a lot of transactions all over the world. By dominating science, research and business, which were previously conducted in other languages, English became dominant in the whole world.
Although English took over and is now the most recognized language in the world of science, this has faced some drawbacks. When it comes to the presentation of papers by non-English speakers, they may face an unfair disadvantage despite having some good work. This can, however, be resolved by the judges paying more attention to the merits of the paper rather than the language formatting and editing. The greatest fit that signified the dominance of the English language is the use of English in writing scientific works. Although some institutions have not yet embraced this, most institutions publish their work in English to have a global display of their work, which attracts more critics and appreciation as well. In today’s world, no scientist can stand avoiding the use of English as this is seen as being retrogressive.
Tsedal Neeley asserts that it has come to a time that English has become the global language to those who want it and those who don’t. As more companies are experiencing globalization while expanding to new markets, most have made English their official language e.g. Nokia, Microsoft and Samsung. The use of a common language affects the business world that is mainly influenced by the power of advertising and communication. Neely gives an example of a French company that lost almost all businesses for not adopting the English language. Use of English not only good in communication but attracts skilled professions from all over the world.Other companies such as Rakuten, a Japan’s company also made English their official language, being a big online sales company. The CEO, Mr. Hiroshi noted that they cannot conduct global businesses without adopting English as the official language as their clientele is mostly the English speakers. This is a clear symbol that English is now an inevitable language in business. When a company passes a policy to shift from their native language to English, it is never that easy. Change is hard but investable if companies have to grow. Most will face opposition from their employees who would prefer the company to continue operating using the native language. To participate in the global competition for business companies must use the most commonly used language in the business dynamics. Neely does not forget to say that English is the quickest spreading language in the world. This may be because most of the countries were colonized by English speakers and consequently continued conducting the education systems in the English language. The process of using English in most international companies has come with their benefits. Neely says that companies that have shifted to the use English are not only benefitting from diversified man power but also increase sales all over the world. Globalization calls for a company that can be able to coordinate all their subsidiaries all the way from their headquarters.
By English being used as global language been fueled by a few reasons. First is the competitive nature of business in the 21st century. This comes from the fact that most suppliers, buyers, and stakeholders will rarely appreciate the use of native languages. Secondly, some companies have diverse employees from all over the world and who sometimes have to communicate during meetings. The majority of the companies have made lingual policies to use English, which simplifies communication hence ensuring the passing of the right message. Thirdly is the effectiveness of conducting business when it comes to inter-country mergers between companies. These kinds of mergers are complex process with a lot of communication between the involved parties, their employees, and stakeholders
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