Hurrah! Much to the dismay of the Germans, and especially the French – English is now the definitive universal language for our planet.
How did this tiny island achieve this?
Well, some of it has to do with our popular writers such as Shakespeare and Keats, then there are the world-wide foundations we set in law, science and medicine.
More importantly there are the technological advances; making mass communication possible at the same time that we happened to occupy two thirds of the planet (including the USA).
Fortunately, as Britain declined, the USA (which chose English above their French occupiers as their national language) came into ascendancy – with movies and music reaffirming global circulation and adoration.
Today 2 billion people are learning English.
This year China will become the world’s largest English speaking country.
If English is your native tongue, you have a major advantage over every other county for international trade and development.
Local, global, it’s all in English. Here’s great little film from Jay Walker on TED that backs up the story: