English as a Start-Up: Explosive Growth, Highly Disruptive, Complex
is the number of English speakers on the planet. English has become the world’s most well funded language. US isolationism of the first World War ensured English’s dominance in math and science anchoring it into culture, science, media, and more.
Millions are born into its control.
A Market Size in the Billions.
Companies are growing in the English learning space. The demand for English in China is seemingly inelastic.
24 New Words a Day.
To Be Relevant is to Know English
Software is Eating the World and It’s Mostly Written in English.
English wins because it is the language of chaos and poetry. The Grammar is Germanic in English because German is the most functional. But German is a horrid dog language. Nobody wants to read German poetry. The Normans softened up English with the Provençal influence and brought it the Nordic spirit of fierceness. Middle English was the most beautiful language on Earth when it arrived and everyone knew it.
“English is simpler than German (and Old English); modern Persian is a breeze next to Old Persian and modern Pushtu; modern spoken Arabic dialects have lost much of the grammatical curlicues of classical Arabic; modern Mandarin is simpler than other modern Chinese languages; and Malay is simpler than related Austronesian languages.”
In 1950, India had 750 languages. 50 Years later it has 250.
The greatest thing nations can do to increase prosperity is decrease complexity. They can eliminite the amount of hurdles required for communication across borders and within countries.
Africa has ~2000 Languages.
This makes it impossible to traverse the Continent and do business in it without an extreme level of competence in many languages.
English for the World is a Worthy Campaign.
It equates to greater communicability, transferability of knowledge, and accessibility to knowledge bases of science, math, and human behavior.
The content is also extremely rich in English making it easier and faster to retain than for content outside the bounds of English.
Hollywood prolifically makes movies in English that are World Famous.
A World with English is coming soon, Languages Will Die in the Process, and it’s a Net Positive.
Be very prepared…..