Importance of English... By Ashok
11 September, 2012
Indeed local languages (mother tongues) have crucial importance in instruction everywhere. The technologically advanced China and self-reliant Japan are virtuous role models built upon extensive use of their local languages, contrary to the use of English. Chinese engineers in the world are believed technically and conceptually sound, thus international firms are reported to preferably hire them, as Chinese engineers get their entire education including professional/technical education in the Chinese language.
However, despite the importance of local languages, the unique standing of English in the world could not be denied and ignored. As more than 15 percent of the world speaks English, of them 40 percent are native speakers and 60 per cent are second-language speakers. China is emerging as a country with a majority of second-language speakers. In many countries, English is the language of governments, corporate sector, business, aircraft, and even much of the satellite communication is also carried out in English.
More importantly, nearly 80 percent of computer data is processed and stored in English. In addition, more than half of the world's newspapers are published in English; also, in many countries TV channels are in English, one at least in almost every country. Similarly, a majority of the world business community and international institutes have English as the official/formal language. English songs, movies and books are used in every country to promote the British and American cultures. English is also a world travel language, which is spoken at airports, tour spots, business centres, hotels, etc.
The world's research and professional papers, scientific data, academic and technological stuff are discussed/disseminated in international conferences, universities, institutes, Internet or any sources through the medium of English. Hence in the given present scenario, both the local (national) and English language should be focused on in parallel.