Due to advances in technology and globalization, the world has become connected and reachable. English is the most widely spoken language across the world. However, there are predictions that like Latin, English will lose its global dominance.
For decades, English is used widely for all the economic, technological and political dealings between the countries. Travellers travelling across the world rely on English. Moreover, an increasing number of schools have English as a compulsory subject in addition to their native language. Thus an increase in the number of non-native English speakers throughout the world. In developing countries such as India and Sri Lanka, amongst many others give the English language is given more importance. Those who cannot speak fluent English are often looked down upon.
On the other hand, countries like Japan and China (who is also the world’s highest population) are creating a strong mark in the global economic market. All of these countries give utmost importance to their cultures and thus still have not accepted English as a first language. Therefore, those countries who want to be economically connected to these countries must either have interpreters or learn their language. Many native English speakers are now learning Hindi and Chinese as an optional language.
In my opinion, I feel English has been accepted as a language of international communication will never lose its supremacy but will evolve where new words from other languages are borrowed and accepted – making it a global language.