English obliterates most, if not all, our life areas today. In one of the blog posts published earlier, it has been exhibited that English is truly the first language in the world. Yet, the conquest now is to study the status of English in the present moment and the years to come. Questions such as: is English peacefully welcomed in all countries? Will English sustain its conquer over other languages? Can all be deemed pertinent to be scoped? In this blog post, it is going to be shown the real status of English today and its potential status in the upcoming years.
The current status of English
If one enquires about the real linguistic situation of the world, they will abruptly notice that English is not what is rumored – it is paradoxically big propaganda. It is true that English is powerful and seen by many as the most culturally and linguistically rich and easy to learn language. However, we can hardly determine that it is a must to be learned means of communication due to many controversies. First of all, Mandarin, according to Babbel Magazine, in China is statistically the first language by the number of population with over 917 million of speakers followed by Spanish with over 460 million native speakers.
Moreover, English in itself is socio-linguistically debatable when it comes to its varieties and dialects. British English, American English, Canadian English, Australian English are some of many other varieties of English that exist today; this simply means that each variety is being promoted over the other which consequently leads to the question: which English should one learn?
On the other hand, the collision of English with local languages is another issue that inevitably impedes its spread within certain communities including France, francophone Canada, wales and so on. Such countries are investing incessant efforts to make their local languages strong to face the linguistic imperialism of English; which, according to sociologists, is a threat to cultures and identities. Hence, it can be concluded that the conflict has become implicitly political and cultural.
The status of English in the future
As mentioned earlier, English is being reclined by certain communities as it is viewed as a serious threat against local languages. Such recline is based on the rationale that English carries a negative effect on other languages as it downgrades their values within the societies they are used in. it is also considered as imperialism which will be involved in identity and culture distortions.
Adding to this, English used to be the language that dominated the number of internet users in the 90s globally, the numbers are reported to decrease as non-English users of the internet are becoming larger than English-speaking ones. As a result, the content being shared in other languages is greater than the one shared in English. In the same regard, popular websites today are providing different versions and languages to attract more users to their platforms. Therefore, it may not be assured that English will be pre-eminent in the upcoming years.
Economically, Chinese companies and brands are gradually overcoming the U.S ones. According to many economists, the Chinese economy may be the strongest in the near future; as a consequence, English will be facing a globally emerging language called – Mandarin.
In a nutshell, it has been assumed in this blog post that English status in the present and the future may undergo a noticeable shift. Yet, “like it or not, English is the language of globalization, international communication, commerce and trade, the media and the pop culture and this affects motivation for learning it” claims Jack.C.Richards in his paper “The current trends in teaching listening and speaking”