Throughout time people have used different languages for international communication. For example, it was Latin earlier. It was used by scientists, philosophers and priests. But its time is
gone. There was French after that. Educated people learned French to communicate with citizens of other countries. So, we had international languages throughout our history.
Nowadays the most common language is English. It's enough to compare the number of people who want to learn English in italki.com with the number of people who are learning or know another language. Huge
numbers of people know English above the advanced level and it's raised
dramatically. For me, as a Russian speaking person, it's hard enough to find a person to communicate with. It's because everyone wants to learn English, but no one wants to learn Russian. Even though the Russian language is among the five most popular languages on the Internet.
In addition to the reasons mentioned, English is not like earlier International languages. Earlier international languages were used in narrow
spheres: cultural, scientific, religious or medical. Thus, one language has never involved in all spheres of human life. This circumstance didn't allow an international language to spread
But it's not applicable to English. It's influence is so strong because we can use it in all situations. In meetings, business writing, private conversation, scientific research, medical lecture, IT programming, etc. It is used everywhere, by everyone. Will it change all other languages in the future? I don't know. But I'm sure it's going to be more influential in the next 50 years.
Every language is beautiful. If some disappear, it will be a loss for all people. I believe that we should protect and develop our native languages. But how? If we use our native language in everyday communication, it will be protected. If good writers and translators write books in our native language, it will be developed.
What do you think? Please, write you opinion in comments. And don't hesitate to correct my writing, it would be very useful for me.
- among - situated more or less centrally in relation to (several other things)
- applicable to – relevant to
- circumstance - a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action
- communicate - share or exchange information, news, or ideas
- cultural - relating to the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a society
- different - not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality
- even though - despite the fact that
- French - relating to France or its people or language
- huge numbers of – big amount
- influence - the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself
- influential - having great influence on someone or something
- international - existing, occurring, or carried on between nations
- Latin - the language of ancient Rome and its empire, widely used historically as a language of scholarship and administration
- lecture - an educational talk to an audience, especially one of students in a university
- narrow - of small width in relation to length
- nowadays - at the present time, in contrast with the past
- philosopher - a person engaged or learned in philosophy, especially as an academic discipline
- priest - an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church, authorized to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments
- private conversation - face-to-face conversation
- raised dramatically – increase too fast
- scientific research - scientific investigation
- scientist - a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences
- sphere - a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre
- throughout - from beginning to end of (an event or period of time)
- thus - as a result or consequence of this; therefore
- time is gone – time is finished
- to spread everywhere – extend in all areas