Monday, February 18, 2008
We learn English as a second language, but why English, as opposed to other foreing language?
We could think that a Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world should be this language that we should learn, but hinese is spoken little outside of Chinese communicaties so English is the most widespread language in the world.
The importance of English is not just in how many people speak it but in wath it is used for, English is the major language of news and information, look at the numbers,than three quarters of all telex messages and telegrams are sent in English, eighty percent of computers data are processed and stored in English, five thousand newspapers, more than half of the newspaper published in the world, are published in english.
English is alo a major language of international business, diplomacy, and scienc. Many international organizations have English as an official language or the official language, including the United Nations.
English is important to international travel, for example, in many hotels and tourist attrations at airports and in shops that tourist frequent is spoken English.
As we see, nowadays English is very important, but there are a lot of aother reasons for learning English such as: is part of CV, To find a job abroad, to get a well paid job, to travel to other countries, to work for international companies, to go on international meetings, on business trips and make international phone calls, is useful to chat with friends from different countries, to understand songs and computer software, to read books, newspapers, magazine or instructions written in English, to surf the net.... And many more things.
But to not be this globalization of English language prejudicial for the other languages and cultures? Well, many people think so and hve afraid that this expansion of the English language will take to extinction of their cultures and language, maybe a little excessive this idea however, realist.
We are walking more and more for a "global village" and the English is the language chosen to speak on this "village" therefore the English is so important.
*Adriiana nº 17
* Marcio nº18