January 31, 2013

The Place of English in Pakistan

The Place of English in Pakistan

English may be a foreign language, but it is international in its significance. It is rightly taken as the lingua franca, the common language, for all parts of the world today. There is every reason to learn and use it all over our country.

Let us discuss the usefulness and importance of the English language. Firstly, it is spoken, read or understood in most parts of the world. Wherever you may go, in Europe, Asia, and Africa or in the America, in Australia or the North or South Poles you will find someone or the other communicating with you in English.

English is truly the language of science and technology. All the latest inventions and developments in science are to be found well explained into English books. Libraries and bookshops are full of valuable textbooks and reference books in English on all the sciences. Then translations of science books in English from other languages are continuously pouring in and are being made available everywhere. English offers us treasures of knowledge in all the social sciences like history, political science economics, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and psychology and all the fine arts.4essay.blogspot.com

In the fourth place, modern medicine and surgery, developed from worldwide studies and researches in different countries and languages, now make a tremendous storehouse of medical knowledge available in English.

English is truly a language of business, commerce and banking. It is possible for anyone in any country or corner of the world to correspond and trade internationally in English.
Religious and spiritual writings and translations in English are in plenty. All the holy books including the Holy Quran and the Bible with diverse translations and commentaries find their pride of place in the section of religious books in any good library or book gallery.4essay.blogspot.com

English, then, enshrines (keeps in it) the best of what has been thought and written in the world. Just as all positive knowledge is power, English is power today. Considering the importance and usefulness of English in our personal and national life, it will be suicidal to make it an optional subject lay less stress on it in our education system. Rather its studies should be regularized and promoted at all levels throughout the country. English, the window on the world, should remain our main national language to move alongside the advanced countries.

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