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This is a very dramatic statement but if you take a few steps back you will realise something quite interesting and dare I say even frightening.
Still today, if anyone wants to learn the latest in any kind of information for any field, the first thing they need to do is to learn English. All the old masters of French, Italian, Arabic, Hindi, Farsi, etc are sadly dying out in terms of the discussion of new phenomena.
Even if someone wants to study at university IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY (!!!) they will need to get the IELTS or TOEFL certificates to enter their courses because their course content and readings will be predominantly in English.
For us English teachers and ESL schools, this is great, a guaranteed job for the next 10 years and becoming even more so the further and deeper we get into different countries. But the sad thing is that the old languages though they are still being used of course, are not really progressing at the same rate as English in terms of communicating the new information of the world.
So what is the long term impact of this?
Well, it means English will be the only language for the intelligent people and as a result it will be only the intelligent people who will hold down any kind of quality of life because they are the ones who can negotiate, discuss and talk of the future in terms of economics.
At the same time there are plenty of intelligent people who are not academics, but even if they are business people, they will still need to learn it.
The old languages may end up being used only for basic communication to elders and to hold the richness of a culture. They will never be taken seriously as a natural form of communication, as we may consider such languages as Latin.
My question to you is…..do you think this is fair? Or do you think this is just a fact of life and everyone should make sure their culture and their language is maintained in the history books?