I was asked the other day by one of my students why English should be the international language.
The only reason I could think of is that there is no reason, English is not better than let’s say, French.
But there is a reason why one international language of communication would be a positive thing: better, more effective communication.
(That is not to say, of course, that other languages such as French, German, Spanish and other languages should disappear – it is quite possible for languages to co-exist). The French should be able to speak good French and good English at the same time. Crikey, the Norwegians seem to be able to do it, but there is somehow in this country – I live in France – a fear that perhaps good English is spoken, there will no longer be any need for French.
And that brings us back to the point I made above: English is no better than French, but French is no better than English, whichever language you use, I believe you will be able to communicate effectively. Changing the language doesn’t change anything about how the world is, for example. Nothing changes, whichever language you are using. One is not better than the other.
So when will this fear of speaking English correctly go away ? When will these inhibitions of using English in the English (or indeed American, Australian way) be put aside and people accept the language the way it is.
There you go… my thoughts for today.
Why should English be the international language ? why not ?