A language is a structured system of communication. Language, in a broader sense, is the method of communication that involves the use of – particularly human – languages.Almost 7,117 languages are spoken today.That number is constantly in flux, because we’re learning more about the world’s languages every day.English is the largest language by number of speakers, and the third most-spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish. It is the most widely learned second language and is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states. There are more people who have learned it as a second language than there are native speakers.
It is estimated that there are over 2 billion speakers of English. English is the majority native language in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, and it is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa and South Asia.It is a co-official language of the United Nations, the European Union and many other world and regional international organisations.Nepalese people use Nepali language as a mother tongue and it is the national language. Nepalese people learn English language as a second language.It is widely known that English was introduced in Nepal with the foundation stone laid down by the Rana’s to build up Durbar High School. Since then English has regularly been taught in Nepal. Now Nepal has also entered into the world of inclusive democracy.
English is an international language. It is the language of communication between the two mother tongue speakers. Every country has made the English language compulsory to adopt it as a second language. It has been the medium of exchanging thoughts and ideas with one another. English is absolutely necessary to deal with international matters.
English is one of the most important Global language. Most of the international transactions of recent times were concluded in English. The language has contributed significantly in bringing people and their culture closer.The benefits of learning English can be seen in the economic, social and political life of the people of the country.
Nepal has undertaken the gigantic task of rapidly developing its economy. To fulfill this, people must have up-to-date knowledge of the different branches of science. Without expert technicians, mechanics and engineers much progress is not possible. We need them in increasing numbers.Besides this, a growing nation has also to guard her against various internal dangers. Under such conditions, the selection of language to be studied by the youth of the country becomes very significant. English is the store-house of scientific knowledge. Hence, its study is of great importance for a developing country like Nepal Importance of English Language in Nepal’s international affairs: Nepal’s foreign policy is the focus of attention of all the countries of the world.
The whole of the world expects to quench its thirst for peace with this policy. Nepal wants to be friendly with all countries. She has to explain and convince others that her point of views is correct. This cannot be done without an effective medium for the exchange of ideas. English provides such a medium. This is the language which enjoys the status of an International language. In the U.N.O., the discussions are carried on in this language. In fact, the majority of the countries of the world conduct their business in this tongue. If Nepal wants to play her role in international matters effectively, her people must study English language. Nepal is a country in which people living in different parts having their own languages. The regional languages are quite different from one another. Every few kilometres language changes in Nepal.
The leaders and the administrators of the country cannot remain in contact with all these regions without a common language. It is not possible for everyone to know ten or fourteen languages. We do not have any common language at present, except English. Major technological and scientific advancements have been written in English language. This is the age of science. The world is changing at a terrific speed. This is all due to the scientific and technological progress which the other countries have made. If we want to keep pace with these fast moving countries, scientific and technological research must be made in our own land. We can advance only through knowledge of these subjects.
Ultimately, we have to depend upon English. To produce first rate scientists and technicians, English must be taught to our people as good and useful books on these subjects are available in this language only. For proper mental development it is essential that we study the best literature. If we want to shed the feeling of false superiority and to broaden our minds, we must be ever-ready to take the best from others. Now, the literature of other counties and of our own different languages can be easily obtained in English. In our own languages, modern up-to-date literature is not available. This makes it essential that our young men continue to learn English. Moreover, many a young men go to foreign countries for advanced studies. They need good knowledge of English.
Its importance for such scholars is indeed very great.Even after the completion of their studies, the students of engineering need to have sufficient proficiency in English for getting involved in the process of Job seeking. The vacancies for the jobs are often found announced in English. For understanding the announcements also, they need to possess the capability to perceive what information the vacancy announcements contain.After being able to understand what the announcement of Job vacancy means what requirements they need to meet for being legible for the vacant post. Furthermore, they have to apply for the post lying vacant in the concerned company.
As they prepare themselves for applying for the job, they need to write a very impressive letter of job application. At this moment also, the quality and standard of their English language that they have used in their letter of job applications matters much. English must be studied as an important foreign language. It must also continue to be the medium of instruction, at least in science and technology. English is at present our medium of communication. For our personal and national development we need to learn English.