Global Language for Business
English is used globally by many non-English speaking countries for business and finance purposes, and is often taught in educational institutions in non-English countries, such as China, Japan, Malaysia, and many African countries. It’s classed as the language of business and finance, which is the common denominator; the language that big businesses and financial institutions communicate in for ease and swiftness. English is clearly the official language in the UK (a small country); but it’s also the official language in the super-power America; as well as being the official language in Canada and Australia.
An article in the Harvard Business Review has called English the language for business and it lists huge world-wide companies, such as Nokia, Daimler-Chrysler, Samsung, SAP, and Microsoft in Beijing who all use English to facilitate smooth communication world-wide in business. A common language is important for communicating overseas, closing business deals, mergers and acquisitions etc. Companies take English seriously and make announcements in English, have signs and cafeteria menus in English, and employees have to prove their competence in using it. Having a common language enables big businesses to attract the best candidates from around the globe.
English is spoken by almost 2 billion people world-wide. One in every four people speak English. English is one of the most common languages used on the Internet, with almost 600 million people communicating online via English. England’s colonial history, has certainly helped with English being adopted as the official language of business, with many places speaking English since the 16th Century. English is easier to learn, than something like Mandarin and even in communication is a little bit broken and disjointed, it’s easier to understand than other languages.
Language of Culture and Arts
Whatever interesting hobbies you have connected to culture and the arts, it’s likely that English language has had a huge impact and influence upon these. Whether you enjoy watching films, reading books, listening to music, or a range of other activities.
Hollywood is the place where the best and most well-known blockbuster films are made; these are made in English. These films are then transported around the world to all other countries, where the speech is dubbed into the local language, but the film was originally in English. Many actors and actresses from around the world have learned English or moved to Hollywood in order to try and become better known and appear in the world’s best films, ie the French actor and actress: Gerard Depardieu and Juliette Binoche. Many people all around the world watch Hollywood films, but with their own country’s subtitles to enable them to better understand it. Hollywood ‘catchphrases’ spoken in English, from films have been used and re-used over the years and become part of culture.
It’s not simply the film industry where English is predominant, the same applies to the music industry too. For vocal artists who want to known world-wide, there is a requirement for them to sing in English; this seems to apply regardless of the genre, whether it is rock, pop or dance music. Many of the world’s greatest musicians were English, or American, or at least sang in English: The Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones. Freddie Mercury from Queen was born in Tanzania, but sang in English. George Michael was born in Greece, but sings in English.
The same applies with literature too. One of the greats of literature taught and studied all over the world is William Shakespeare, who wrote in English. Other greats include: Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Tennyson, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King etc, all who write in English.
Language is Versatile and Fun
One of the key reasons I love the English language is how varied, and versatile it can be. I love the double-meanings to words, the slang expressions, what can be conveyed by the same sentence said in a different tone, or with different emphasis. It’s possible for the word ‘had’ to be used four times consecutively in an English sentence and make perfect sense: “The faith that he had had, had had an affect on his life.” It’s possible to phrase a sentence in many different ways with different vocabulary, or style. English can be conversational, or formal, or academic, or informal, friendly and approachable. It can have an informative tone, or a humorous tone, or have a reflective tone.
English for Travel
English is an excellent language to master if you intend to travel the globe. Whatever your travelling destination, English is a good language to pick as so many holiday spots have English as their key language. Especially in Europe, English tends to be the language spoken at the holiday destination; even further afield, there will usually be someone who can speak English. Places you can travel to where English language is spoken, that may well surprise you, include: Ireland; Berlin (where English is taught in schools as a compulsory class); Bridgetown in Barbados which is part of the English commonwealth and Montego Bay in Jamaica. There are a large number of African countries where English is the official language too, including Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana. Belize in Central America speaks English. Kiribati, is the easternmost country and speaks English. Guyana in South America used to be an English colony and 90% of the population still speaks English. English is surprisingly the official language of the Philippines.
English is a Key Language to Improve Education and Career Prospects
Many foreign countries teach their education in English, regardless of whether that is the country’s official language. This is because English is seen as a very valuable skill and qualification to have. An English education is something that is revered and highly prized. Graduates who have graduated from a British or American University are often offered better career prospects and higher salaries. Job candidates who can converse in English stand a much better chance of being appointed. For jobs in medicine, engineering, finance, tourism, communications, media and business where part of the job may be to converse with people globally, the ability to speak English fluently is a really useful skill.Read More