“Do you speak English?”
These days, there is barely an inch of human activity where English isn’t the dominant language. Alongside the globalisation we have seen since the end of the century, the rise of English has gradually continued, to the point of being the international language that it is today. Its rise as a ‘lingua franca’ has impacted on all non-English speaking countries, including Spain, and affects almost every industry and profession worldwide.
English is currently the most widely taught language, and is read and spoken all over the world. It’s the most common second language in 89 countries, and is a high priority on almost every country’s primary and secondary school curriculum. It’s also the most in-demand language, learnt by 80% of language students.
Science and technology
It is the language of science and technology. 75% of the world’s scientific and technological papers are written in it. It’s also undoubtedly the predominant language of the internet, and 80% of content online is written in English. In computing and programming, this language is becoming indispensable. Although the majority of programmes are translated for users, it’s common to find software which is available only in English. Also, much of the time English is necessary to understand programming languages.
No less important is the role of English in transport and communication. Many of the main airlines, for example, have adopted it as an official language, for use by their pilots and flight controllers.
In international politics, English is the language of diplomacy par excellence, and we live in a world where international relations are becoming more and more important. The overseas expansion of a business often requires the use of English, since it is the international language of commercial and business communication used by countries that speak different languages.
When it comes to employment, the importance of speaking English is not even discussed. It is simply assumed. It doesn’t take more than a glance at the jobs section of a newspaper to see that knowledge of English is essential for many jobs.
So that’s how important English has become. Speaking it can mean the difference between closing or losing a business deal, and whether you are chosen for a job or not.
Today, the worldwide number of people who can express themselves in Shakespeare’s language is around 1500 million. And according to the findings of a recent report from the British Council, this figure is set to grow. Within little over a decade, 3000 million people are expected to speak it, which is the equivalent of half the world! No language has ever before attained universal status, nor spread as far so quickly. Experts believe this is one of humanity’s most important milestones since the birth of language, and with good reason: in a few generations, and for the first time in homo sapien history, the majority of our species will be able to communicate in one language!
Lingua Translations would love to help you to deal with all your English needs. With our top-quality English translation and interpreting services, for any language or sector, and the help of our team of professionals, you’ll never have to worry about the language barrier.