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English as an International Language

  • English is widely used around the world
  • It is becoming a global second language
  • It is the dominant language of technology, science and international business
  • International business meetings are regularly held in English
  • The most important textbooks and journals are published in English
  • The ability to speak English is a necessary skill in the modern world


Negative of English as an International Language

  • If one language is dominant, other languages may disappear
  • The dominant language brings its own culture
  • American culture has become popular around the world
  • Other cultures may be damaged
  • As an alternative to English, a new global language could be invented
  • It would have no nationality or culture attached to it
  • This could help to promote international peace and understanding
  • Esperanto is an example of a language that was invented with this aim



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