#English language – a world language.
technology, the media and communication in general, so it serves as a lingua
franca in many countries. Geographically, English is the most widespread
language on earth. In fact, people who speak English fall into 3 groups. The
1st one is those who have learned it as their native language. The next group
consists of those who use it as a second language in a society that is mainly
bilingual. Finally, the 3d group includes those who use it for a practical
purpose (either for business or education).
However, the emergence of English as a world language is a relatively recent
thing. Some 6 or 5 centuries ago, the situation was quite different. For
example, in Shakespeare’s time only a few million people spoke English.
Through the centuries, as a result of various historical events the English
language was established as a mother tongue outside England.
In my opinion, there are several reasons why English has become a dominant
language. First of all, it is the simplicity of form. English is an analytical
language, one more characteristic of this language is its flexibility and the
openness of its vocabluary. 70% of the English vocabulary are loan words and
only 30% of the words are native.