English is the main language of international communication and is essential for people working in the tourist industry
English language dominates the world as no other language has in the past. It has become the global lingua franca* spoken by more individuals as a second or foreign language than as a first language. For every native English speaker, there are three to four non-native speakers. Native English speakers are in fact a shrinking minority of the world’s Anglophones.
English is the language of business and commerce, science and technology, popular entertainment and the Internet. It has become the dominant medium of communication in the workplace while its teaching is now a lucrative multibillion dollar industry. Its consolidated dominance in academia means that over 50% of all research is published in English. On the Internet, 80% of the world’s electronically stored information is also in English.
Last edited: 01/12/2015