The English language is now the first or the second language of more sovereign states than any other language in the world. In this context it is not difficult to see why Toyota provides six-month in – service English cources to 1,000 of its employees. In Italy, English is a must for many technical jobs. In Brazil job-hunters are investing their last savings in English lessons because so many employers recruit only workers with some knowledge of English. In China English is the top priority foreign language to be learned at school.
English is considered to be spoken now by 400 million people as the native language in twelve nations and approximately by 800 million people as an official or semi-official language of forty-four countries more.
But why is English rising so far above the world’s other tongues? First of all, it has proved to be, up to a certain level of fluency, easier to learn than other languages because of its relatively simple and flexible forms and open vocabulary.
The trend towards simplicity is believed to be a strength of English.
Most world languages seem to have contributed some words to English at certain periods. The greatest contributors were such languages as French (dentist, ballet, garage, etc), German (halt, kindergarden, etc) and Dutch (toy, switch, cookies, etc) and many other languages. In fact, approximately 80% of the information stored in computers is written in English and 90% of Internet content is in English.
In its role as a global language, English has become one of the most important academic and professional tools and is accepted as the most important language for the international community to learn.