ENGLISH - the World Language




English
The World Language

Like it or not, English is the language of Europe. According to the European Commission, some 84 percent of young people in the EC are currently learning English as a second language. No language, neither French in the Middle ages nor Latin before it, has ever been taught so widely in Europe.

It is the world language, the most popular second language in China and Japan and spoken by 760-800 million people around the world. Some 1.2 billion people live in countries where English is the official language.

One of its great advantages as a world language is that there is no academy to decide what is and what is not "good English." English, like the Common Law, is what it has become - a less formal and a more flexible instrument that either French or German. And it is seen in rich and poor countries alike as the language of modern consumerism. It holds out the (probably illusory) promise of prosperity and material progress.

European English is spoken from Brussels to Bratislava and as a first or second language by more than half the people in the European Community. The percentage of young people learning English as a foreign language at school in the EC countries, apart from Britain and Ireland, is 100% in Denmark, 95% in the Netherlands, 91% in Luxembourg, 90% in France, 84% in Germany, 80% in Belgium, 76% in Greece, 72% in Italy, 65% in Spain and 55% in Portugal.

-The European, January 17th, 1993

The desire to speak one language again is not surprising, for we have entered into the last phases of the end-time. Today, the world is more or less ruled by democracy. Thus it was in the beginning. In Genesis 11:4 we read, "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." Please note that no king, dictator, or a special chosen group of leaders were involved but we read the words, "us" and "we." That means "we, the people, decide for ourselves," which is democracy. If the people desire to be one again, then it is not strange that one language should be the avenue that will be used to unite the nations of the world. Therefore, one-world language is nothing other than the resurrection of the Tower of Babel.

- Midnight Call 1993