Essay by ninsha November 2014

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"The globalization of the English language"

Nowadays it´s well known that English is the dominant language all over the world, being present in the life of every citizen around the globe and the main tool for operating in most fields: Internet, banking, travelling. In fact, all of us have been able to witness the manner in which English has become a global language, process which is called "the globalization of English".

The term globalization is derived from the word globalize, which means to extend to other or all parts of the globe; make worldwide. Therefore Globalization is defined as the act of globalizing and describes the way that local or national ways of doing things become global, this is, done together around the world, such as speaking English.

Nevertheless, to understand how English has become global, it is useful to continue analyzing the meanings of Globalization. A more precise definition suppose that Globalization is the way countries and people of the world interact and integrate, a process which has many sides and can be economic, political and/or cultural.

Countries are coming together as one big global economy, making it easier to buy and sell across countries. From a political point of view, institutions such as United Nations, where most countries of the world are members, now influence the whole world. Moreover, culture is becoming homogeneous, which means that people from all over the world act in similar way. For example, a lot of people around the world wear T-shirts and jeans and watch Hollywood movies.

This globalization, increased by the emergence of Internet and other communication technologies, has been followed by the English language, "the Language of the Globalization". English and globalization have walked side by side. Among other reasons because of the enormous influence of the English...