English should not be considered an international or universal language.
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If you believe it should be, please go ahead and accept. Here is an outline of how this debate will work:
Round 1: Not a debate round. Simply use it to accept my debate.
Round 2: I give you my first point to why it should not be universal. You try to argue against it.
Round 3: Same as 2, but with new point.
Round 4: Same as 2 & 3, but with new point.
Now, you might argue that most governments speak English. Yes, that is true, however, governments make up a very small portion of the world population. For a language to be truly universal, it must be spoken by the majority of at least the middle class. In many countries, very few people speak English better than their native language. Most of them (except for powerful men and leaders of large business) cannot hold anything more than basic conversation.
In your first point you say that only 6 percent of the worlds population speaks English. This is misconstruing facts. Only 6 percent speak English as a first language. The real facts say that 27% of people speak English. This is also the most widely used language used in the world ,and the official language of the European Union and of the United Nations. Mandarin comes in at 18% as t next highest. http://en.wikipedia.org...
In your second point you say that it does not matter that the most governments speak English. In my definition of universal i say it must have universal effect. The fact that the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britan and a number of Caribbean nations as well as the United Nations and the European Union makes it universal. For somebody to engage in any of these Agencies they must learn how to speak English. No other language has something that is this powerful. As with my definition English has a Universal effect due to the most powerful organizations in the world using it.
The pro case even says " most governments speak English" and that it does not matter. How is this not universal? Why would most governments speak a language that is not universal?
He is also providing no evidence and throwing random facts without anything to back it up.
http://en.wikipedia.org...). The Arab League has 1 official language, Arabic (http://en.wikipedia.org...). The Arab Maghreb Union has 2, Arabic and French (http://en.wikipedia.org...). Governments/organizations speak the language that most of the people they speak with will understand. Yes, most government leaders know English, but only use it when dealing with English speaking people. The leaders of UAE and Saudi Arabia will use Arabic when talking. The leaders of El Salvador and Mexico will use Spanish when in meeting. Please note, I do say most, not all governments.
Please provide your [trustful] source which states that 25% of the world speaks English.
This brings me to another point. English is a very hard language for many to learn. If you are not a European (or any country that writes in the Latin Alphabet), you will have to learn a new alphabet. Some people will even have to learn to produce a new sound (for example, someone who only speaks Hebrew will have to learn to make the "j" sound). The grammar is very different form that of Arabic, and the writing system different from most Asian languages. English is very irregular and complex, so that makes it much more difficult for those not raised in an English environment to learn. A truly universal language would have to incorporate all the different types of language into one and be very regular, so that anyone can learn it with not too much difficulty.
http://news.byu.edu... http://en.wikipedia.org... This says otherwise and you do not rebut this.
Next, You say that there are a few organizations that do not use English. I did overlook this but my point still stands. The Language is a universal language because it does have universal effect.
You say next that it is hard to learn English. English is still the language that is best known.
"Yes, most government leaders know English, but only use it when dealing with English speaking people." This proves exactly what I have been trying to pro the entire time. It has a universal effect because people outside of the native country will have to learn it.
Because I proved that English has a universal effect on the world I urge a con ballot.
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