Do you think that the English language will remain the global language of business despite globalization? Support your point of view with examples and observations.
PTE: 20 minutes, 200 to 300 words.
IELTS: 40 minutes, 250 words at least.
The English language is the second most widely spoken language after Mandarin. It has dominated the universal business scene for more than two centuries. The emergence of globalization in the 20th century and its strengthening in the 21st century will only make the English language a more indispensable in global trade. (Opinion clearly stated)
Body Paragraph 1: (Reason supporting opinion – No competition)
Firstly, the English language is facing almost no competition from any other language. All other major languages such as Mandarin, Portuguese, German, and Hindi are spoken within particular regions. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. However, it is spoken by 1.4 billion Chinese only. Similarly, Hindi is confined to India, Bhutan, Nepal, and parts of East Asia. The only serious contender for a global business language is French. However, it is not spoken in leading developed and developing countries such as U.S.A, India, China, and Russia, all of which use the English language.
Body Paragraph 2: (Reason supporting opinion – Deep Roots)
Secondly, the English language has been so deeply entrenched in a global education system that it is almost impossible to replace it with another language in the foreseeable future. It is being taught in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities from China, Japan and East Asia to South America and Africa. Since more than 100 countries have adopted English either as their official language or business language, it is nearly impossible to replace it with another language.
Conclusion: (Dominance may be challenged.)
Despite all the above-stated reasons supporting English as the language of business in an era of globalization, it is important to note that Latin enjoyed the same status during Roman times and French in 18th century. However, with changing circumstances both these languages lost their status. English may be replaced, however slim the chances may be, by another language if it is no longer the primary choice of communication among the countries that dominate global business.
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