Almost all of us are familiar with the word English but not Lingua Franca. It actually means a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different. So now it makes sense. According to an estimate, eighty percent of the people around the globe speak English where their native language is different. English is basically the language of the United Nations and the European Union but it is now the official language of almost all the countries and especially the under developed countries. All of us are aware of the fact that United Nations being the super power directly or indirectly has taken over the world by its entire means. The Funding Programs they offer, The Educational Structure they have built, The Investments they make, The Trade system they have developed Benefits all the underdeveloped countries if they make good relations with them. And it all begins with the communication. So it has to be English to be on the safe side.
English is now been made part of life, who cannot speak English today is considered as dumb and is not even given importance, Parents today prefer to admit their children in English medium schools, On the other hand, in Schools English is taught from the basic level and is given more importance in curriculum as any other subject. The universities are teaching the theories in English even The Governments are using it as their official language and for the documentation purposes.
Today almost every country is independent, but is dependent to English language and so English people. India is among the largest countries whose native language is Hindi but is on second number when it comes to speaking English. English has now become a demand; either it is admission in an institution or getting a job. Even the medium of internet is English, without any doubt we can say that English is Worlds Lingua Franca.
This Article is written by Abdul Kareem, Student of BS Media Studies. under supervision of Ms. Anum Aziz. Lecturer of English at Bahria University.