English, the new world language. Know wot I mean?

English will conquer the world, but the linguistic deck chairs have already been taken by German in Asia. As a former English teacher myself with some experience of Portugal and Spain (well the Labour defeat in 1992 was too much to handle so I left) this story comes as no surprise to me at all. What does interest me though is the kind of English that’s being learned? Is this growth in English still driven by the economic power of the US, or is it the growth of China that is using English as its passport to the eager markets of the capitalised west? One thing is for sure that the citizens of Shanghai will not be ‘cor blimey’ anytime soon.

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