Robert Važan

English is the only global language

The world needs one common language. There used to be several candidates for this role, so one would speak one or two local native languages and then several so-called "foreign languages" learned at school. This multi-lingual state of the world was inefficient and it was a matter of time before one of the competing languages dominates. English essentially won this competition. There are no longer any relevant foreign languages. There is only one global language and that language is English.

If you don't believe me, consider the following:

You might think this is temporary and another language can unseat English. But would-be alternative global language must be heavily subsidized, because network effects strongly favor the incumbent. Only China is rich enough to make such a massive investment and I can tell you there is zero chance the world is going to learn Chinese, one of the hardest languages in the world with its syllable-level writing system, when the world is already struggling with simple English. English is not only already dominant, it is going to stay that way.