English as an International Language

Esperanto was a project that never became the international language in the way that it was envisioned. The idea of an international language amongst nations never happened.

English has become the international language for intercultural communication.

The historical, geographical, economic and political factors of the British Empire and then The United States within the worldwide community are the reasons for the strength of the English language worldwide.

English is no longer linked to a single culture or nation but serves both the global and local needs as the language of wider communication.

Being able to speak English today means being able to participate and communicate in a growing global community where accent is of no consequence, but intelligibility is most crucial.

The history of the English language is one of incorporating new words that derive from other languages as well as the overwhelming spread of popular culture from the United States as well as The United Kingdom after WWII.

The vast number of films released and distributed around the world from the United States, the boundless literary production in the metropolis and ex colonies, the beginning of television after World War II and the technological revolution which the internet and social networks brought about made English the most popular language around the world.

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