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3 Reasons English Might Not Be The Dominant Language Of The Future

As English is the world's most dominant language, many native English speakers class themselves as lucky. I'm not one of them. Having everyone speak my language has made me lazy in a linguistic sense, as it's proven that people who learn two languages from an early age have so many doors open for them. One of these is translation. I recently spoke to someone who works for Kwintessential, a UK based translation company. He gave me a couple of reasons why he thinks English language dominance might not be a thing in the not too distant future.

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China's Emergence

Although English is probably the most spoken language throughout the world, it's only the third on the list of first languages. There are almost three times as many people who's mother tongue is Mandarin (a Chinese language). China has long been emerging as a force on the global stage, and now that the major English speaking countries are heading towards more nationalistic governments, the next hundred years could see people around the world learning Chinese from a young age.


The more the world moves towards globalisation, the less of an impact the English speaking world will have on things. You can almost sense that politicians from English speaking countries know this, as they paint globalisation as an enemy to the west. Only time will tell whether they are right or not.

The EU

The British public has just decided to leave the European Union - the world's largest trading bloc. Although Ireland is still a part of it, and they speak English, German or French could come along and knock English off its perch as the most widely spoken world language. For now, in the EU at least, it's safe.

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