Rexxfield's Michael Roberts

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

English or "Globeish?" - The World Language

Lost in Translation? Business is lost due to poor English Skills.

Europe has many thousands of entrepreneurial enterprises with innovative ideas ready for globalization. Language should not be a barrier to the world-wide distribution of these innovations.. Notwithstanding, many of these wonderful ideas do not make it past the starting line because their potential is lost in translation due to poor English expression throughout web sites and other collateral materials.

Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referred to as the "world language"; the lingua franca of the modern era. While English is not an official language in most countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a second language around the world. Some linguists believe that it is no longer the exclusive cultural sign of "native English speakers", but is rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it continues to grow. It is, by international treaty, the official language for aerial and maritime communications. English is an official language of the United Nations and many other international organizations.

English is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union. (89% of schoolchildren).

Among non-English speaking countries, a large percentage of the population claims to be able to converse in English.


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