It is hard to imagine the modern world without any English. Today it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is spoken not only to residents of the UK and the US, New Zealand and Australia. It is also one of the official languages of Canada, Ireland, Liberia, Belize, Malta, and it is used as an official language in India, Pakistan, the Philippines and other countries.
The spread of English in the world
The spread of English in the world is inextricably linked with the strengthening of political and economic influence of English-speaking countries throughout history. The beginning of the spread of English worldwide put UK. This was not done intentionally. Partly on the territory of a country only took up the acquisition of new land for the «crown.» As a result of violent political activities English arrived in Asia, Africa, Australia and the New World. Following the acquisition of economic and political independence in the process of distribution of English language in the world including the United States. A particularly purposeful and active promotion of the English language has been conducted after the Second World War.
Today, English — is one of the official languages of many international organizations: UN, NATO, UNESCO. It is also the language of business and science. Various international conferences, contests, sports competitions are conducted in English. In addition, the popularity of English can be associated with the fact that the language of the tourism sector. People planning to travel abroad and speak English almost always sure that they will not have difficulty in communicating with the local people. The invention of the Internet in the United States also contributed to the strengthening of the position of the English language in the world. More than 80% of sites on the Internet, there is the English language, and communication between people from different countries in the global network is also underway in English.
Language picture of the world depends on the demographic situation and soon on the world stage can leave other languages. For example, the role predict Spanish. But, according to the latest philological studies, English language in the world will only strengthen its position in the near future, while remaining primarily an international means of communication.