Why is English such an important language?

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English is such an important language because it is spoken by millions of people world-wide. Its prominence makes it a good choice for multinational businesses that need an international language with which to communicate.

Historically, English was the language of choice in many parts of the world due to the colonial expansion of Britain during the nineteenth century. As the British Empire expanded, so did the use of English as a common language. When the world moved into the 20th and 21st centuries economics and technology paved the way for further expansion of the language. Access to learning became relatively easy with the development of the world-wide web. With the expansion of companies around the world, a single unifying language of business, science and technology became increasingly important.

According to Harvard Business Review, as many as 1.75 billion people world-wide speak English, and another 385 million are native speakers of English. This fluency of language allows businesses to bridge an increasingly diverse workforce with a single language. This single-language model encourages much greater efficiency in communication. Industries that are adopting the use of English as their business-language of choice range from electronics companies like Samsung to car giants such as Daimler-Chrysler.

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