I recently read an article about how English is evolving in other countries. The article is very well written and makes a great point, however, I fear that the idea of the article is saying that English is evolving on its own in other countries and native speakers should just accept and learn to understand. This is somewhat of a concern to me for many reasons. But I’ll focus on the most important reason to me.
If English starts evolving (I’m not saying it’s bad, only if it gets out of control), you not only end up having different dialects, but the language can change so much that English speakers in one part of the world may not be able to understand each other.
An estimated 300 million Chinese — roughly equivalent to the total US population — read and write English but don’t get enough quality spoken practice. – Michael Erard
The fear, to me, is that the English language as of now somewhat glues the world economies and businesses together. Should it get to the point where people don’t understand each other, where will we be at? If you answered “In the tower of Babel?”, that might be a stretch. We still understand other languages and have interpreters and what not. But things could very well slow down. Technology has brought us to the point where speed is not only essential but needed, wanted and relied upon.
So what can we as speakers of English do about the dangers of letting the English language evolve too quickly (and I do not only speak of native speakers but recreational speakers and those of you trying to learn)? You must visit sites like WorldEnglishClub.com and others where you know they are actual native speakers of English. You must get involved online and ask questions and not be afraid to speak and practice your English when you can. Trust me I know it is not always that easy.
There are three things that should be focused on to improve your English. First; Listen to English as much as you can. Second; Try to read short stories and poems and news articles. And when you read them, do it out loud. Three; Pay attention to spelling. You don’t have to be the best speller in the world, but the better you spell, the more professional you will look to employers and the like.
The moral of my story is this; learn your English as best you can. And let us native speakers evolve the language as we see fit or the language could just go outta style. And I happen to really like it 🙂