The spread of English threatens UK and USA

globalisation   Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:32 am GMT
"LONDON (Reuters) - The dominance of English as the world's top language -- until recently an advantage to both Britain and the United States -- is now beginning to undermine the competitiveness of both nations, according to a major research report.

The report commissioned by the British Council says monolingual English graduates "face a bleak economic future" as multilingual competitors flood into the workforce from all corners of the globe.

These new polyglots, and the companies that employ them, have significant competitive advantages over their monoglot rivals, including a vital understanding of different cultures, in a world faced with rapid globalisation.

Around 30 percent of the British population speaks a language other than English, but about half of these people have that other language as a mother tongue, Graddol said.

In the United States, 22 percent of the population speaks a language other than English, mainly Spanish, and many of these people have Spanish as their first language, figures from the U.S. Modern Language Association show."

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In the European Union, a very competitive and polyglot market. The professional advantage of multilingual speakers is well known. Is it the same situation in the US ?
Uriel   Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:37 am GMT
This silly topic again? I thought Adam already brought it up.
Guest   Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:06 am GMT
>This silly topic again?<

silly, why? do you speak any foreign languages Uriel ?
hart   Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:14 pm GMT
"the spread of english threatens USA and UK"

Is it a joke?!