English is the new Lingua Franca – say the French

 

English is now the lingua franca. That’s how it is. You have to speak English if you want to act and move in globalization.

 

This is what the French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, said at the EDHEC Business School in a recent press conference. He also announced that all students would have to pass English language tests, such as the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), Cambridge (Cambridge English Language Assessment) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System), at the end of high school and their undergraduate degree.

This statement means a lot coming from the French who, over the years, have resisted giving in to English being the “global language”, and yet,  that’s the way it is.

It is true that the World Economic Forum recently reported that Chinese and Spanish are listed above English in the world’s most spoken languages, however, English is still the most common language used for communicating around the world. It goes without saying that it is also the most studied language in the world.

Good communication is essential in business and with so many people learning English around the world, you must go a little bit further in order to get the “edge” over your competitors.