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english as a global languageThe history of the english language started with the arrival of Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century. These tribes, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, crossed the North Sea from what today is Denmark and Northern Germany. At that time the inhabitants of Britain spoke a Celtic language. Since then english has been altered and transported around the world in many different forms. The language we now recognise as english first became the dominant language in Great Britain during the Middle Ages, and in Ireland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From there it has been exported by the colonists and settlers to all four corners of the globe. ?Global english? is a term used to describe a type of ?General english? that has, over the course of the twentieth century, become a worldwide means of communication. Like American english, english in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa has evolved such that they are distinct from British english. Elsewhere in Africa and on the indian subcontinent, english is still used as an official language in several countries. However, english remains a second language for most people, used in administration, education and government and as a means of communicating between speakers of diverse languages. As with most of the Commonwealth, British english is the model on which, for instance, indian english or Nigerian english is based. In the Caribbean and Canada, however, historical links with the UK compete with geographical, cultural and economic ties with the usa, so that some aspects of the local varieties of english follow British norms and others reflect US usage. english is also hugely important as an international language and plays an important part even in countries where the UK has historically had little influence. It is learnt as the principal foreign language in most schools in Western Europe. It is also an essential part of the curriculum in countries like japan and South Korea, and is increasingly seen as desirable by millions of speakers in China. Prior to WWII, most teaching of english as a foreign language used British english as its model. Since 1945, however, the economic power of the USA and its almost unrivaled influence in popular culture has meant that American english has become the reference point for many learners of english in for example Japan and Europe. American english is particularly influential, due to the USA's dominance of cinema, television, popular music, trade and technology (including the Internet). British english remains the model in most Commonwealth countries where english is learnt as a second language. However the increasing commercial and economic power of countries like India or China for instance, might mean that indian english or maybe another language like chinese will one day begin to have an impact beyond its own borders. My conclusion : english enables us to communicate with people from all over the world, as it has become the common language for people who do not speak each other's native language. We are able to send e-mails, speak via telephone or send electronic files or faxes to people all over the world. english is spoken in over one hundred countries, which makes it comfortable for travelers to communicate their needs in a common language that both parties can understand. Where career is concerned, english is still an invaluable asset on every career person's CV- it gives more opportunity for international business interaction and can possibly further careers. The globalization of communication and information has increased awareness of the interconnectedness of people.The world has become very small.