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English as a Global Language

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Since human beings started to think reason and forming social relations, they began to develop different languages through which they could express their desires and fulfill their own needs; initially, it started with merely assigning words to the things and then the process began to get complicated, and the emotions and feeling​​ also got​​ comments these simple communication among a group of people spread like wildfire in a jungle. Every new thing started getting a name, and​​ everyone contributed his fair​​ share in the formation of a complex language; then came a need to define​​ rules for pronunciation.​​ (Davis, 2008)

Later on, different people in different geographical areas started to communicate and forming hundreds of thousands of languages; this is where came a need to adopt national languages and teaching it to all peoples so that managing affairs of countries could become accessible​​ after rapid globalization of the planet is a global village. A global village needs an international or global language that could be widely accepted by everyone so that people from different ethnicities and diverse backgrounds could understand each other.​​ Many widely spoken languages spread across continents, such as French, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. But as a general rule,​​ the language of the powerful is considered global language; as the paradigm of power keeps shifting, so is the international languages.​​ (Davis E., 2015)

English turned out to be the most widely spoken language of the world as the majority of countries we British colony and British rule gave much importance in​​ establishing educational systems in the English language along with the fact most of the laws and statutes were used in English and were adopted in countries where the language was alien. The use of a global language has many advantages in trade, foreign policy and education.​​ (Rodríguez-Puente, 2016)​​ 

Along with all the benefits, there are drawbacks such as native languages are now being abandoned in many countries as people tend to focus on that language which provides them with suitable employment and offers more chances of growth​​ this​​ Abandoning of local and native languages for the use of highly popular and languages around the globe will have a severe and devastating effect on the local exotic languages.​​ (Tóth, 2011)

Many people are bilingual; they are good at learning two or more languages; the most important benefits are that being bilingual and trilingual improves such individuals' competitiveness in the job markets. Many companies and big entities are now going multinational, and therefore, the need for such skilled persons​​ is​​ emphasized in the form of highly lucrative and attractive salaries and business positions so that the people are pushed towards self-actualization​​ (Cook, 1995).​​ Studies have found that speaking new languages gives the advantage of making the most rational decision. A thesis discovered by a group of psychologists that people speaking more than one language are more adaptable to a rapidly changing environment. Such people are good at getting along with people from different races, genders, upbringing and diverse cultural backgrounds.

One study has found that speaking more than one language impacts slowing down the process of ageing and such individuals are more tolerant and peaceful with people of diverse cultural and social backgrounds.​​ (Moskal, 2017)

English is now the language of masses around the planet Earth. One can't simply ignore this fact as the person who adopts change is well versed with the changing environment, which is the most critical factor in this rapidly changing environment where competition is severe. People have to be on the toe and agile to cope with the effects of change without being bogged down with the process of growth, and learning a new language is the only way forward as English has emerged as one of the most spoken and understood Language one must thrive to enhance its skills and stand shoulder to shoulder with the people.​​ (Journal, 2002)

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