With extensive use as the formal language in many countries all over the world, the English language remains one of the most influential languages in the world. The English language has evolved to have many varieties, the most influential being American English due to dominance by the USA of entertainment, trade and technology. Other varieties of English include British English, which was the first, Australian English, Canadian English, Caribbean English, New Zealand English, South African English and Indian English (Manivannan 1).
Most people with a special interest in language will agree with me that the English language has been affected both constructively and destructively by its popularity. With its extensive borrowing from other languages, the English language has increased its vocabulary greatly. This is evidenced in its use of the Spanish language in developing words like a stampede, canyon, vigilante and ranch. It has also borrowed from the French language to form words like lingerie, etc. Thus the English language has borrowed its vocabulary from a lot of languages (Orwell 1). The borrowing of words from other languages to form English vocabulary has been very instrumental in increasing the popularity of the English language.
I particularly gained interest in French, Spanish and Greek due to their input in English vocabulary. The borrowing makes people of different originalities develop interest in foreign languages and thus it has led to the interconnectivity of languages and people. On the other hand, English has also been affected negatively by this borrowing of vocabulary. English has been heavily abused by its popularity and borrowing from other languages. People who are “half-witted” in English combine it with their native languages to make a language that can hardly be defined or understood. This has led to a lot of misconceptions related to the knowledge of the English language (“Latin and Greek word elements” 1).
Due to the awareness of the crisis that languages face in the contemporary society and having natural tutoring skills, I noticed that I had a connection with the preservation of languages for their effectiveness in communication. I, therefore, have invested my time and skills in learning languages and changing the impact they face due to their interrelation. I specifically have a lot of interest in non-English languages in an attempt to appreciate diversity so that I may learn the strengths of other languages and how these strengths can be incorporated in the English language (Kilgour 1).
It is common knowledge that a language is a powerful tool of influence. It is thus logical that language “activists” should fight for appropriate education programs related to the languages that give students in-depth knowledge of a variety of languages but also make them a resource in helping to solve language problems in society. I particularly think that my interest in languages coupled with my natural tutoring skills can be very instrumental in developing languages and reducing some of the challenges they face. This knowledge of and involvement in building a variety of languages can be very useful in solving the problems facing the English language (Kumar 1). This is because most problems of misuse of the English language are due to ignorance. Consider, for example, problems that stem from imitation. If we avoid the habit of imitation, the English language will face substantial revolution and many communication problems will be solved.
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Kilgour, David. “Importance of Language.” 1999. Web.
Manivannan, Ghailane. “Importance of the English Language.” 2006. Web.
Kumar, David. “Importance of the English Language.” 2009. Web.
“Latin and Greek word elements.” Fact Monster. Pearson Education, publishing as Fact Monster. 2000. Web.