America is the metropolis of the world. I don't know that there's any other place where there's such a diverse variety of cultures. Most cultures have a stake in America. America, sort of, belongs to everyone. And, in America, English is the primary language. America is not just about physical land. The United States reaches all corners of the Earth. Just about every culture in the world would be served well if they could communicate effectively with The United States of America. What better way to communicate with someone than to learn their language? I think that the benefits would outweigh the losses if English were to be appointed the worldwide primary language.
Business, trade, and the internet are all now primarily in English. If the rest of the world is to be able to adapt they have to instruct their people in English, which is what they are already doing. Denying English is just being stubborn and prideful, it's time to adjust to the 21st century.
If a member from India goes to Europe and France, it becomes difficult for them to communicate with each other. So, if English would be the universal language it would be easy to communicate and there will be no religious fighting and everybody will stay in happy and harmony. Let's make English the common language
Everyone should all know a language and English is the universal language. We need one to be able to communicate and its used for business deals etc. It is not to say English is better and people cannot speak their own language but it is good that people can communicate and understand one another easily!
Important for all the world to be able to communicate. English is one of the biggest languages and would be better for people to understand it and be able to speak to others!! Its not to say that english is better but it is the universal language and should be taught and spoke especially by people who reside in America. It does not mean you can't be bilingual or speak what language you choose but when communicating with someone, its good to have a universal language.
The English Language won't rob you of your culture. You can still speak your own language anytime. The only reason why we have English as a universal language is for us to communicate with each other. This does not mean that French, Filipino, Chinese, Spanish, etc. languages are less beautiful than English. Speaking in English won't mean you neglect your own country. Brothers and Sisters you must understand that this world needs us, the human race, together. Let us not start a World War III just because of an argument about whose language deserves to be the primary language. We need to understand each other, that's what matters.
Your linguistic heritage is far less important than the continuity of the world and humankind (consider the current international relations and technological means that countries have to destroy one another). English is currently the international standard and is being learnt by children in school over the entire world. If we are to gain more understanding of one another, we shall need to move towards one another and a common language will help us communicate that much easier. I see many people speaking of pride (please, pride is exactly what causes suffering) and English being hard to learn. English is actually one of the easiest languages to learn (even for people who do not speak a language that belongs to the same language group: look it up if you must). From a non-native speaker.
We think that it is positive to have English as a world language, because people can understand each other much better. The language is also useful for business and trade. There are already peple who are talking English as a second language. It is good as a second language, because everyone can decide on his own if he or she would learn the language. English is already the language of the internet. But there are also problems. The minority who does not know the language must learn it by heart. And there could be also other languages which can be world languages. To have only one world language can destroy the culture and the identity.
If you don't conform, you suck.
English is already the de facto language of the Internet, and many foreign countries teach English as a second language as a mandatory subject. Also, because of the influence of Hollywood with respect to television and movies, many people learn how to speak English anyway. An international language is important to facilitate communication and trade. And as one that is frequently used already, English is the most appropriate choice.
English is used to communicate worldwide and is also used by political leaders. It is easy to learn, simple to understand and can be written with ease too. So it should be made the global primary language.
For the interaction of humans across the globe we definitely need one language that every one knows in order to avoid language barrier. Since English is the language most people knows I think English should be standardized as the worldwide primary language. Because it would be ideal to select a language most of the people know, and spread it among the minority who does not know it. Which is better than selecting an minority language to be standardized as the worldwide primary language.
I believe English should be our universal language because it is spoken in every continent and is already the main language for business, trade and the internet. It is also already part of school's curriculum in many countries around the world and is the second language in many countries and cultures.
Millions of people speak English; it's one of the world's top languages. I have visited the Philippines before, and almost everyone there spoke English. Many Filipino citizens learn English when they are in elementary school, in the Philippines. This happens everywhere else too. So many people speak English; it would benefit the world.
Not only is English one of the easiest languages to learn, but it is already one of the most popular languages. Having it as the world's lingua franca wouldn't be that much of a transition as some might think. Also, it would break down cultural barriers, and create more unity.
Most people in the world speak English. Almost half of the world speaks English and having everyone speak the same language would make communication between countries so much easier. It is like the English standard problem in America. All in all, it would be much easier to communicate if everyone spoke English.
The world would be so much more efficient without the language barrier, people would be more understanding, and human society would improve faster.
English is the universal language of science already, so it would be the easiest to convert the world to, and although it would be hard to do, the entire world should learn English as their first language.
On almost every international site, is English already a common language. So if everyone speaks English very well it is easy for everyone and noone needs more explaining. Even on, for example Youtube, there are so much comments about you`re and your which may be just a little grammar fault, but there are much greater forms of grammar faults.
Being bilingual would open up a whole new world for most people. It would allow them to experience many different cultures. If English was learnt by the whole world, it doesn't mean that they would give up their own languages. This could allow you to, if you wanted, get submersed in another culture. Also, having learnt a second language, learning a third or even a fourth or fifth becomes much easier allowing more people the gateway to other cultures. By learning English, it could allow a vast majority of the world’s population to experience other cultures, that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience.
There are a lot of occasions when people use english on international level businessmen.,traders, scientists, diplomates, tourists, referees and player in sport world , international organizations they will not understand each other unless they speak english so i think that english should be standardized as the world wide primary language.
A lot of people in other countries learn English as their second language. If more people spoke it then you'd be able to talk to more people; and there would be less confusion. All of the people I know speak English as well as their own language too. This might sound bias, but English is a pretty standard language.
For people who want to learn a second language I think everyone should learn English because this will make communication with other people easier and less annoying. First language is the national language, the second is international and the third is a language any individual wishes to learn.
For people whos national language is English should choose 1 of 3 languages just to make things a bit fair or for some educational reasons and the 3 are French, German and Spanish. If the whole world were to enforce this rule then over time communication with foreigners will be as easy as walking.
English is already the Worldwide primary language Business, trade, and the internet are all now primarily in English. If the rest of the world is to be able to adapt they have to instruct their people in English, which is what they are already doing. Denying English is just being stubborn and prideful, it's time to adjust to the 21st century
English is a neutral language. Spanish, French, and Italian sound silly and wussy, while German and Russian sound harsh. There is no grammatical gender, minimal conjugation, and relatively short words compared to some languages.
English has many words and pretty much accepts any loanword, allowing it to communicate any idea.
Spelling "shood" be simplified somewhat, introducing shortenings like "orderv" and "agenst" to make the language easier to speak.
Cultures should not be required to stop speaking their languages, but having an international language with equal status in all countries will help to unify the world.
English is a language without anything weird in it and everyone can benefit from it. If the whole world spoke only one language, there wouldn't be a bunch of confusing. All the writing would be in English, speaking, etc. It will improve communication with the whole world. That was my argument.
No one denies the importance of English language in the present time as global language. It is clear that the English language has become more dominant around the world. In some countries it use as the mother tongue and ,other countries learn it as second language in their schools. This is make English widespread. In addition, many reasons which contributed to rising of English spreading . For example, use it for communication between people around the world, as well as, it is language of modern times. On other hand , English is the language of science and technology.
There is no doubt that, the English is language of communication between the people with different cultures . It is also the language of computers that help to communicate with the people around the world through Internet technology and e-mail. People who know English can deal with the Internet, which is regard information and communications revolution .
Also one of reasons that contributed to the spread of English that, it is the language of the modern era. Where the people are use it in various field of life such as, economy, e-commerce, medicine and aviation. In addition ,it is the language which use in the tourism and travel. This reasons motive the people to learn English .
One of the main reasons why the English is dominant in the present time, use it in the field of education by universities and institutes and, they use it in scientific research . It has become an addendum to the mastery of scientific individual stock. On the other hand, the English is an important requirement in most government jobs and private.
It is quite clear that English has become an necessity today. We need it in different fields of life . The English language has become easier to learn more than ever before with the availability of many sources to help people learn very easily. Such as the Internet, books and educational institutes which spread around the world.
The inevitable being that English will eventually take over and is already the dominant language throughout Europe, and of course, America (the only two places that matter, to be quite honest).
The English language is used throughout the entirety of the world, and most people understand it to some grammatical extent («I iz liek here» still makes sense, for example).
The entirety of computer programming, for example, relies on the English language, as all popular and widely used programming languages are written in English; if thou doesn't know English: thou can't program.
Most great books of the world are written in English, or that they have been translated into English.
English is the language used throughout the mass majority of Northern America; the US of Northern America being a VERY important part of the world's global economy, especially where technology is concerned.
I cannot see English becoming the language of the world, but I can however, see it as becoming the language of Europe—or at least for the Northwestern part (where Germanic languages are spoken for the most part, of which English is one of them).
There exists little point teaching everyone «English + some other language», when it would only be logical to drop the teaching of the other language to a mass extent.
Before thou go flying the 'Thou art an English-language-supremacist' flag: think.
English is the evolution of all the Germanic languages; t'is the epitome of what a Germanic language is. Let's treat it as such.
Be logical; make English the language of the Germanic lands.
As The English language has become standard in international communication, facilitating learning and ability in using it by non-native speakers should be encouraged and therefore English must be simplified.
The learning process that foreign learners go through is unnecessary and complicated.
Foreign learners have to get used to a sequence of thoroughly illogical processes to learn to understand and develop the skills to become an English speaker. The fact that English has several standards up to now is just a minor issue. A more general reform to adapt writing to spoken language should certainly be taken into account to take away impediments. Risking to be considered as wanting to add insult to injury , modern English standards should of course not be a matter decided by the British and the Americans. Time for human kind to find a truly common language. Besides British and American children would be happier as they are today.
If any language should be referred to as the standard, why not revert to Latin. Aside from the unusual difficulty to understand and learn the language, it is just not very common and would take longer to standardize. The English language is already quite widespread. As my personal travels have taken me to many different countries, I never had a hard time finding my way using the English language and a slight hint of native tongue. Although it would be against what we stand for as a country to force the issue, I believe there is nothing wrong with inserting an English class in schools all around the world.
There exists more than one language in the world today only because previous geographical isolation meant people had to develop their own methods of communication without outside influence. This wasn't a problem back then as most people didn't travel beyond their own borders. With globalisation, electronic communication and easy travel, however, the fact that we now have more than one language in the world is proving to be a major hindrance with a huge amount of effort spent on constant translation.
For those that say "we should preserve languages"...Why? Culture? Well firstly there are many aspects of culture and changing the language wouldn't change the fundamentals. Even so, culture isn't fixed...Food, clothes, attitudes...All changing each generation yet the core culture remains easily identifiable. How about "well it's just nice to have diversity". Sorry, that's cute and all but it doesn't justify the enormous difficulties we all face in the basic task of talking to our fellow humans. So ask yourself...What advantage is there to all these different ways of saying "hello"?
I've read a few comments here saying a single world language would be impossible to implement as locals always change it. Yes they would, but so what? English is my first language and I can easily understand anyone from America, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada etc. Their dialects don't mean I need a dictionary!
Of course, the world language could be anything...Thai, Hindi, Japanese...Whatever. But since English is already spoken by 1.5 billion people and dominates the internet (45% of all webpages) and entertainment, it makes sense to push the trend further so that one day it will be the only language and you can say "hello" and everybody everywhere will understand!
English is widespread, it is rather easy to learn and rather easy to learn everything about its grammar as its grammar is easy. I also notice that people who learn it as a second language AND pour passion into it end up having more vocabulary and knowledge as to the grammar than native speakers.
Everywhere you go in the world you will see signs and logos and many, many other things written in English. I don't walk around the street in the U.S. And see signs written in Japanese. In the U.S., people will take a wide variety of language classes, because nobody is sure which language they want to learn. In foreign countries, English is almost always the second language that people choose to learn, due to its relevance. English already is the worldwide language.
Esperanto was created but, alas, it failed. The governments fail to implement dual learning at schools ( the native language of the country and a language for all the inhabitants of the world ) . Nevertheless the need of a common language is more and more important. The world must unite to be able to face he dangers that are pollution and obscurantism and others. Step by step English is becoming the language of the world. I opine that it should be the language of the world in an official and supported way, because it is already widespread, popular, its grammar is rather easy to learn. The world is a cacophony , if everyone could understand the other the way for a better world would be paved.
English is already in the process of becoming the universal and primary world language. The argument many have is ignorance or loss of culture, however that's not necessarily true. All pilots are required to speak and understand English already. Students across the globe are taking English as a mandatory class. It isn't ignorant, it's just the way it is. We're already halfway there. As far as culture, other languages don't have to die. English would be the national form of communication is all.
The U.S needs a unifying language because people need something to learn so we all can be the same.
The United States has many languages, the most common are English and Spanish. But most of the people speak English. In some cases people want to have a single language but others want all languages.
The notion of a common language is not a plight for power, nor is it suggesting that any other language family is weaker and less sustainable than English. It is simply the language chosen to communicate in countries overseas; so in fact is it just the standard variety for language communication.
Admittedly, wiping out any other language form would not only be deeply corrupting to people's culture, but also incredibly problematic. People seem to ignore creole and pidgin languages yet they remain, still to this day, as the most pure and indigenous forms of speech. But as a general rule of thumb, taking into account peoples 'second language' and Lingua-Franca, English is the most spoken form and by definition, the worlds vernacular.
One massive source to supply substance to this stance is already in motion. English is the 'business language', countries economized under the Chinese regime still speak the English tongue as their primary tool for communication over their native Mandarin. Coincidence? Or is revolutionizing future about coming together under one helm? Sure it will take time - but all great things do!
Our world is the computer... English dominates the html and computer languages... it makes sense if at least in this realm we all speak the language! On Facebook and LinkedIn for example, we can all talk and relate to each other better. No confusion. Think back to shorthand days when it was basically the same but occasionally it was confusing!
To start off, most international companies use English as their "official" language. Examples include Nokia, which is Finnish, and SAP, which is German. Also, countries that are growing economically are learning English at a massive rate. My cousins live in another country where English is not the main language. However, they know it anyway because it has been taught to them since elementary school. It's easier to talk with them in English than the native language, which is harder for me to communicate in. An argument against English as the official language is that it destroys cultures. However, just because we make English the official language of the world doesn't mean we have to get rid of other languages. We can speak them on the street, at home, with family or friends. We can talk and text with them. We can even learn them if we wanted to. Most people also argue that English shouldn't' be the official language because Mandarin Chinese, Hindi and Spanish all have more native speakers than English. However, English is more widespread, being officially spoken in over 60 countries and unofficially in more. Mandarin is only spoken officially in 3 countries(including Hong Kong), so it's concentration is limited to China, Taiwan, and Singapore. Singapore also speaks English and is one of the leading Asian countries in speaking English, along with Malaysia. Hindi has 2 countries where it is officially spoken, India and Fiji. The only reason it is officially spoken in Fiji is due to the large Indian population there, thus restricting Hindi to Indian only populations. Spanish is spoken in 21 countries officially; most of these countries are in Latin America and Spain. Also, Chinese ranks first in numbers of speakers, at 1 billion. However, the majority of those speakers are concentrated on the Chinese Mainland and not internationally. English comes in second at 510 million speakers while Hindi and Spanish have 490 and 420 million people respectively. In the end, standardizing English in the world will lead to better communication, which leads to more commerce and growth. Making English the official language of the world doesn't really change anything; it's already the de-facto language. But making it official gives it more of a presence and more of an incentive to learn it.
Despite the normalizing effects of modern media such as the internet and television, language is always changing. Any attempt to standardize a language worldwide will fail because languages will diversify to mutually unintelligible dialects over time. This is shown by the fact that many separate varieties of English exist in the world, which over time may drift further apart in similarity.
This would mean that we would lose valuable parts our our culture. Take Chinese for example, frequently used proverbs and sayings contain beautiful peices of literacy that do not exist in english. However, if most people could be bilingual and understand english well enough, we could be able to acheive the same efficeincy without so much compromising culture.
there is absolutely no reason for one world language. That would destroy so much culture and diversity. And plus the english language is made up of so many other languages whats the point? If this ever happens than the new world order might be up to something and we should be worried lol.
Language is an important part of culture. It doesn't make sense to require that English be spoken in a country where English isn't part of their culture. Many people in other countries learn some English as a second language, and their schools may require it. But it would not be reasonable or possible to require everyone in the world to learn English.
Everything in this world looks beautiful, if it's different. For example, the color combination of many flowers together in a vase makes it attractive. Similarly, different language of the world are unique as its hold a lot of cultural and historical heritage.
English is important but it shouldn't be standardized as primary language because they are many under developed countries, where they do not know English. many people have understood the importance of English and that's is why, countries like China and Korea have started teaching English in schools. As of now we cannot agree on making English as worldwide primary language but yes, English is important.
If anything, a neutral language like Esperanto should be standardized as a global language. English is not inherently superior, logical, easy to learn, or 'better'. Yes, at this point in time English speakers are probably the most powerful bloc, but historically at any given time this could change. So it makes no sense to impose English on the rest of the world.
Languages are tied to the way humans think. English shouldn't be the world's lingua franca, as it shouldn't be French or German or any other language, in this regard. Languages are vectors of culture and boiling the world's culture down to one language is dangerous for the humanity. Just look at the yes group proponent : they are mostly English native speakers (Americans?) who have a warped view of the world and its very nature : diversity. I believe diversity is good and benefit all of us. "just about every culture in the world would be served well if they could communicate effectively with the united states of America." That sums up pretty much the dangerousness of a common language which would just benefit only one country over the others.
As well as the lack of diversity such a moved would entail, trying to freeze the lingua franca in use at any given time would also lead to a drop in innovation, which often comes from external sources. Besides, what do you mean by "standardise"? What version of "English" are we talking about? It has no equivalent of the Académie Française, and why would we want one?
Although English is likely to continue to expand its dominance as an international lingua Franca ( business language) the global picture is likely to remain geographically patchy for a long time to come. There is little evidence that people in non- English speaking areas are willing to abandon their mother tongue in favor of the English language.
Why does English have to be the standard language, is it because lazy Americans and Brits can't be bothered to learn another language? Why not Latin or Ancient Greek instead, so everyone has to learn? I don't care it's the language of the internet, it only is because the internet was started in English speaking countries!
Absolutely ridiculous. The standardization of English would only spit on the faces of countless cultures. I think language is absolutely beautiful. English is an important language, but it is not the most spoken language. Mandarin Chinese, is in fact, the most spoken language. English just happens to be more widespread across the globe than Chinese, considering the fact that there are several countries that identify English as their native language. Instead of standardizing language, I think that there should a bigger emphasis on learning foreign languages (like Italian, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin) so that this idea, focusing on inaction, is irrelevant and unneeded.
English destroys other countries' culture! It removes them of their identity. In Guardian, almost 60percent of Africa and other countries who don't use English that much agreed with them. This proves that their cultural identity is being wiped away by the English folk who want to spread English speaking and writing.
A language is not simply a means of communication. It is a very intricately layered part of the culture of the community speaking it. It may not be possible to express, in English, an idea which exists in, say, German or Swahili speaking communities, for the very simple reason that they may be describing phenomena unheard of in English speaking communities.
One might argue that new turns of phrase would evolve, but doesn't that deprive the original community of one of its core identities? What is the need to homogenize the population of the world? Must we eliminate all the myriad differences between the different cultures of Earth to achieve unity among human kind? No. Accepting these differences and appreciating the variety of thought and expression they bring is the thing to do.
English will have to become more 'streamlined' and simplified, and native speakers themselves will eventually have to adapt their own language to such an extent that it will encroach on the natural evolution of the language. Native speakers of any language are always the gold standard when it comes to pronunciation, usage, etc.
Because we all know that all nations in the world has their own cultural beliefs that must be preserved especially the language that they have learned through years. We should always look back in our historical manifestations that thought us and gave us the knowledge that we bare as we live. We also know that right, English is the universal language, no one ever told or there is no law that prevents or stops us from learning the English language as well as using it but, let us always remember that language is a strong medium for nation unity, and that unity reflect to ourselves.
Language is too culturally sensitive for any current version, including English, to become primary. I recommend that we create something totally new - so that no 'one' culture can lay claim. Developing one method of pronunciation and one standardized set of grammatical rules (maybe a worldwide hybrid), may do the trick. By no means would I ever wish to see all languages replaced; rather I'm merely suggesting that adding an entirely new 'worldwide basic language' that everyone was taught to read and speak, could reduce cultural friction that may be created and/or elevated if we choose an existing one. Sorry all you lazy people out there... Yep... You'd have to learn something new... Gosh!
If you have read the report of the Telegraph and the book by Dr Ostler, you should know that English will be withdrawn from the world
The Internet age has encourage more people to learn Esperanto because it is neutral instead of imperialism as Dr Philipson mentioned it times and again.
Having different languages creates diversity and uniqueness within a country. Making everyone speak the same language is unfair because not everyone would want to speak English. People of other heritages should be able to use their own language or languages without being forced to speak another one. It would also cost lots of money to pay and hire people to teach English which could raise our national debt.
Everyone all over the world has the right to express their own culture. Whether its religion, speech or the way that they live, everyone has the right to express what they want to within reason. If everyone speaks the same language people all over the world will drift apart and our world as we know it could be in trouble
Language is not only words but a means to transmit culture so standardization would kill cultural diversity! People who are bilingual or who are able to communicate comfortably in a number of languages are proven to be more successful at dealing with stressful situations. It means that a person is also more adaptable when placed in any context. Everyone should be encouraged to learn more languages but not at the cost of a primary education in their native language.
First of all, why not Spanish or Chinese? These language have much more native speakers. Besides the lack of empirical observations endorsing such a standardisation (by the way, which kind of standards? American? British? Simple English for global communication?),we should not see languages as simple cosmetic tools, but rather as mirros of cultures heavily enrooted in local and regional spheres. Although English is a convenient tool for communicating, one must not forget merging all the languages would mean merging all the cultures, which is even more unlikely than the first assumption, considering people's attachment to their national history, customs, monuments, artistic productions... Apart from this low likelihood, it seems that many patches of resistance even tend to reject products of globalisation, reasserting the prevalence of local values. Whether these claims are valid is another debate, but such negative displays testify that there is no strong wish to embrace such an Anglo-saxon centered trend.
Every language is inside a culture, which means you learn a language, you learn a culture. If English is set as first language we'll lose all the diversity since the "native culture" would be standardized as well, I cannot see how that can be a good thing. Also, it's not only one way to speak English, so which one is better? That's a never ending debate.
If English became the world's primary language, who could describe to the next generation the intricacies of words like saudade or schadenfreude? Each language has its own way to view the world and express those views. We would lose something of tremendous worth were we to select one language to the exclusion of all others.
Worldwide is a very big word, so, regardless of the number of speakers, due to its antiquated and illogical pronunciation English would be an extra burden for the majority of world's population. Since the language also carries a substantial part of the culture of the British and the Americans, which is not readily acceptable or "digestable" for many ethnic groups and communities, it would bring unnecessary and sometimes harmful changes into other native and frequently more people-centered, more human cultures. One of the pro-arguments is that it would aid communication and trade, consequently it would accelerate production and distribution of goods, but why are we obsessed with making more and do things faster all the time? The diversity of languages and cultures is more beautiful than the superfast development when we don't take time to enjoy life at its best pursuing always something different and more. We don't need a primary language and we don't need a worldwide language.
It's not fair for the non-English speaking people to just suddenly be told to start talking a totally different language. There shouldn't be a specific language that everyone needs to speak and write and read. Everyone has their own choice and are taught different languages. There are many countries in the world that don't speak English so to them maybe their language should be the primary world language.
because it would deny too many of their cultural identity. Despite the difficulties of verbal and written exchange between people that speak different languages, to standardize English as the language of the world would deny many indigenous people of their cultural identity. It would not be fair to millions of people to tell them that they must all be able to communicate in English. The evolved language of individual societies should remain the dominant form of communication in that society. English as a second language should be considered for those that want to communicate without the need of interpreters.
Just because, America is a big and important country in the world doesn't mean English should be the world's primary language. That would be like saying America is better than everyone so use our language.
English is the 2nd most spoken language, not the first anyways. If you did want a primary world language, it should the the most spoken language which is Mandarin.
If we did do that we would have to give classes to everyone that doesn't know it. That would be expensive but also some people find it difficult the learn a language we shouldn't force them to.
It would also interfere with culture. If you went to France, you would want to hear people speak French, it would make the culture more alive to you.
Doing this would be just because it's convenient and it's not worth it.
Ignore that English is not the most logical choice for a world wide language (many European languages have a Latin base and would be easier to learn)...we're a young species with a lot of history! And to lose all that history for the sake of language convenience isn't logical to me. I take pride in my Germanic history and the language of my people; as should Russians, Chinese, and English.
the world is full of many different cultures and languages and to think that English is the only important language to speak is an uneducated statement. Maybe someday we can have a universal language but to claim one current language as the best is not a very wise thing to say.
First off, there arn't enough people who speak it, english is only the 3rd most spoken language, so going by shear numbers Mandarin (Chinese) should be the official language. Second, english is probably one of the most difficult languages to learn, it has so many rules, exceptions, and inconsistencies that it would send people's heads spinning. Finally, it would be almost impossible to make an official world language considering that the USA doesn't even have an official language.
Given the number of people who speak English, it would appear to make sense that we adopt it as the official language of the planet. But there are drawbacks to this. English has too many rules, too many exceptions to the rules as well as too many exceptions to the exceptions. It is a very difficult languiage to learn as a second language. Other languages all have a common root and similarities in format and structure. English is unique.
No, English should not be standardized as the worldwide primary language. The standardization process is already expensive, difficult, and beastly, much less on such a large scale. Standardization would compromise much of he cultural and linguistic diversity already present in the world without any really concrete benefits. Not only should it not be standardized, but I doubt such a thing is even possible on such a large scale. People can hardly agree on which of two candidates to vote for in US presidential elections, much less which language to make the de facto global standard.
Even though English is the popular language right now, this is only because America is the most powerful country right now. It may not be the best language to everyone. The fact that America is the leading country doesn't mean this benefits us. If we force others to learn our language, it would mean that we are trying to impose on them. Also, there are more easy and interesting languages to learn. There are so many different languages we could learn and cultures to experiance, but making English the primary language would prevent this from most people who doesn't have the time and the price to learn anything besides their own language and English.
Many Americans find it bad that we are losing our culture to other countries. But when you think about it, people can choose whatever culture they prefer. We're in the country of Freedom, so we should be able to choose what culture we want to have, which includes the languages. But by saying that English should be primary would be hypocritical because other countries have their own cultures and languages. So we'd be taking over and maybe even destroying their cultures because we don't want it happening to us. People are going to "flip-flop" their cultures no matter what. You can't stop that by taking over other cultures and trying to cut out their languages. Instead of helping our own country, we're too busy trying to destroy everyone else's. What would that prove, though? That we're stronger and can take control of everyone? Well that's what Britain did to us hundreds of years ago and we hated it. Hence the Revolutionary War. We've already had two World Wars, and trying to take over other countries cultures and traditions, languages and techniques, etc., we are being hypocritical.
Language developed together with a culture and it has more meaning inside than just reporting. The language reflects how the culture developed and how it changed. For example, we can see lots of pictures in ancient Chinese. It shows that ancient language was made by drawing similar pictures. Also, Italian, French, and Spanish are all very similar that even Italian can read some French words. It shows that Italy, France and Spain share similar cultures. By this example, we can see that language is a part of one country's culture. That's why people in minority groups are trying to save their own language. However, if we make people learn English as their primary language, then it will result many cultures to disappear.
Many people have no access to lessons for English, and teaching everyone English is unnecessary. Languages are tied closely to culture, and making English the standard gives an upper hand to countries that are already prospering.
English is not currently the predominant language across the world. While many other cultures teach English in school systems, it is not the first language learned by many. Numerous countries and cultures are bi-lingual, and it is somewhat arrogant to assume that all humans should speak English, when many native English speakers do not care enough to learn another language. Mandating English demeans the culture and practices of other nations.
I oppose making English the worldwide primary language, because it takes away from other cultures. It's easy for me to say that I would love that, because it would make things easy when traveling to different places. But, it strips cultures of their own language and identity. I believe that, if you are in the United States, you should speak English, and that it should be the official language of the U.S. But it should not be for other countries that have other languages.
In reality, English is a language with a comparatively limited number of speakers and geographic range. Spanish, which is the most prominent language in the world, is spoken natively in many more countries, by many more people. Chinese, which is really only spoken in one country, still has many more native speakers than English does. Really, there should be no such thing as a worldwide language. People should speak their languages and enjoy the beauty of their diversity.
English is popular right now, but in another twenty or thirty years, it will be totally discredited as the language of the barbarian.
There is no reason that English should be the primary language around the world. English is simply not spoken in enough different places. So, this would not be fair to some of the smaller countries that don't know the language. If English were to be the primary language, you would lose much of the different cultures that come with all of the different languages. This is just not a good idea. Let each country have their own language as the primary language to be spoken.
Despite the difficulties of verbal and written exchange between people that speak different languages, to standardize English as the language of the world would deny many indigenous people of their cultural identity. It would not be fair to millions of people to tell them that they must all be able to communicate in English. The evolved language of individual societies should remain the dominant form of communication in that society. English as a second language should be considered for those that want to communicate without the need of interpreters.
I don't see any reason to standardize English, for any purpose. Enough people around the world already know English, so successful communication is abundant. Standardizing English would amount to forcing it down the throats of people who are perfectly content to communicate in their own native tongue. It's basically a non-issue as I see it.