AREAS WHERE ENGLISH DOMINATES
English conquers more and more areas of the world’s communication.
The Internet is regarded by many people as the flagship of Global English. While entering the Internet, it is easy to realize that most websites are in English or have an English translation available. The latest statistics say that English is used in 80% of the total information stored in the world’s computers. Using the same infrastructure as the telephone, the Internet carries English language service into nearly every country and nearly into people’s homes.
There is great English expansion into the world’s culture. Let’s take the Eurovision Song Contest as an example of this. Whatever we might think of the contest itself, one thing that has changed recently is that now singers from different countries sing in English. At the last festival, fourteen of the twenty-five competing countries asked for the rules to be changed to allow them to sing in English. They say that singing in their own language would put them at a disadvantage. It is reasonable to suggest that in a few years’ time, all countries will be singing in English.
English is the language of technology and science. A lot of the technological devices were created for the international market and most of them are designed with English-speaking users in mind. It is possible to see this in the design of the computer keyboard! Most standard keyboards contain English letters and possible local language letters. In addition, English is the language of science. The Science Index reports that over 95% of all documents are in English, even though a majority of them are written by non-native English speakers. The medical community also uses English as a unifying language, making it essential for doctors to learn if they want to be able to read the latest medical journals and reports.
English is the language of International Organizations. When multiple countries come together, they must choose a language to speak. Often the chosen language is English. One of the official languages of the United Nations is English. One of the EU’s official languages is English. The same is true for the International Olympic Committee. At the Olympics, announcements are made in the language of the host country and in English.
English is a sport language. The people who comment and translate the sport Games need more than just knowledge of a couple of languages, but they also need to be able to speak the language of sport. Without understanding and using sport terminology, the translators will be unable to express properly what the athletes or sport officials are saying.
English is now the Mandated International language of Aviation. The International Civil Aviation Organization declared that from 01/01/2008, all air traffic controllers and flight crews in contact with international flights must be proficient in the English language as a general spoken skill. This has important implications for all aircrew and controllers. Those who do not have proficiency must acquire English or they will be removed from international flights.
English has captured world education. Everybody seems to be learning English. Nowadays, in many countries English is an obligatory subject of every school curriculum.
English is also the language of advertising. Of course, local advertising is made in a local language, but global international companies use the slogan in English. Please, think about NIKE – yes, the slogan just do it immediately comes to mind! Moreover, we have been referring to English as the language of interaction. In addition, these days we declare that if you don’t know English, you are in danger of being excluded from what’s going on in the world community.