Soon, We Will Rule The English Language


Oh well it looks like a very immature statement, is it not? But it is indeed a strong possibility. And this didn’t come to me just as a fluke.

I was in a client meeting with a ‘phorenar’ few days back. During the conversation, he made a point to be noted. He said the English speaking population in India exceeds many other countries whose first (primary) language is English. It was good for him because it gives all the more opportunities for companies to work with India. After coming back from the meeting, I did some internet search and found this out. Wiki says we had about 250 million English speaking population about few years back. 250 million! meaning more than 20% of our population could speak English. We were only second to the United States of America in terms on number of English speaking users. I’m sure the figure must be touching 300 million as on today.

What does this tell you?

With most number of English speaking population coming from our country, the world will now start speaking our language… the way we speak. Soon the Australians will not be able to complain about the way we speak. Soon a British will speak “Yaar… this is your mobile noe?” Or an American will say, “This prof is to ekdum pakaofying us. Somebody give him a missed call noe yaar…”

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7 thoughts on “Soon, We Will Rule The English Language

  1. Actually this is a fact.Some ppl may not agree with it but the fact remains, English happens to be that ‘one common language’ spoken across our country. There would be, rather there are ppl who don’t know even a few words of Hindi apart from their own local language but they for sure will know how speak bits of Angreji. ‘Only 50 Rs, 10 rs less, take it for your girlfriend sir’- even the guy selling flowers on the signal can say this..!

  2. I don’t know, personally I would rather speak a language the way it should be spoken, and not it’s corrupted version.
    I agree with Pal that a guy selling flowers can say all that, but in the end his knowledge is half baked. The beauty of any language can only be experienced in it’s pure form.

  3. @Big K: I bet you watch the way the language gets morphed. The majority always wins. We didn’t start speaking English just like that. The British and the Americans are already fond of many things we Indians do, including but not limited to food, our religious practices and using some local language words (Ex. Pundits, Jungle etc.) They wouldn’t be able to mock us for too long.

    @Patty: I agree with you. However even the pure language was evolved from some thing right? By that equation the medieval English is more pure (read Shakespeare’s works). I hate to say that. But the language is bound to change in the years to come (may not be 5 or 10, but 50 years… who knows) and you & me can only make an attempt to keep the old English alive.

  4. No doubt India will soon outpace America in English speaking population. Today’s English is much different than Shakspeer’s (forgive spelling goof, if any) English. The same way it will go on changing in future. And Indian-way-of-speaking will have a big impact on global English. I like the flexibility of this language. And I think it is one of the prominent reasons why it has become a global language.

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