Globalization has now become a way of life as the access to communication is faster, cheaper and readily available, enabling people all over the world to communicate directly with each other. Every day, more and more people are unwittingly participating in the global economy, but the problem of language still becomes a barrier in effective communication. Even with the fact that English is the most commonly spoken language in the world today, the variability among the accents and dialects of English used in different countries and regions – in terms of phonetics, vocabulary, idioms, grammar, and spelling can make it difficult to be understood while conducting business in different countries.
The name “English” comes from the “Angles”, one of the ancient Germanic people who migrated to the area of Great Britain. At its core, English is a West Germanic language. It shares its vocabulary, sentence structure and language changes with German, Dutch and Sewdish. However, it’s been heavily influenced by other languages throughout its history.