福布斯:英语还是全球的商业语言吗?

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福布斯:英语还是全球的商业语言吗?

 

With China’s growing economic might, is Mandarin becoming the preferred language of business? Not anytime soon, says a newly released study. Instead, English will maintain and grow its dominance, moving from “a marker of the elite” in years past to “a basic skill needed for the entire workforce, in the same way that literacy has been transformed in the last two centuries from an elite privilege into a basic requirement for informed citizenship.” (Indeed, the British Council reports that by 2020, two billion people will be studying English.) The new study of 1.6 million online test-takers in more than 50 countries was conducted by EF Education First, a company that – it should be noted – specializes in English language training.

 随着中国经济愈发强势,汉语会成为更好的商业语言吗?不久前,一个新的研究否定了这一观点。并且,她指出英语还会继续保持并加强她的商业语言的统治地位。英语已经从过去“精英的语言”变成了所有劳动者必备的能力。同时,读写能力已经从两个世纪前的精英的特权变为成为一个见多识广的公民的基本要求。的确,英国议会报道称,到2020年会有20亿的人学习英语。这项研究,在线测试了来自50个国家的160万个网友,由英孚教育作出。需要指出的是,这个公司是专门做英语语言培训的。福布斯:英语还是全球的商业语言吗?

The study is somewhat comforting for English speakers like me, who have struggled to master a foreign language. Indeed, the National Journal reports that only 10% of native-born Americans can speak a second language, compared to 56% of European Union citizens. (In the “credit for trying department,” I spent an hour composing two emails in French yesterday, an effort my Parisian colleague declared “adorable.”)

这项研究让像我这样苦苦挣扎学习外语的人听起来格外舒服。国家期刊报道称只有10%的本土美国人能说第二语言,相比之下,欧盟公民能达到56%。由于我语言能力有限,昨天用法语写两封邮件我竟然用了一个小时。我的巴黎同事称我的努力很“可爱”。

The ability to speak a second (or third) language is clearly important for becoming a global leader, as I’ve previously written. But – for better or worse – it seems that English may be the most essential language for global business success at the moment. Indeed, even in powerhouse China, more people are currently studying English than in any other country. An incredible 100,000 native English speakers are currently teaching there.

说第二或第三语言的能力对成为全球领导者是非常重要的。就像我之前写的一样。但是,不管怎样,似乎英语会是全球最重要的商业语言,至少当下很成功。的确,即便在强大的中国,如今越来越多的人也正在学习英语,比在任何一个国家都多。现在,有不可思议的10万个英语母语者在中国任教。

Here are the most intriguing takeaways from EF’s study, which have potential implications for future global development.

下边是英孚教育一个十分有趣的研究结果,应该会对未来全球的发展有所启示。

  1.     Women speak better English than men – in almost every country worldwide.(女人英语说得普遍要比男人好-几乎是在全球所有国家)

  2. International sectors use English, and local sectors don’t.(国际部门使用英语,而地方部门不使用)

  3.  European countries speak great English, Asian countries are in the middle, and everyone else lags.(欧洲人英语说得好,亚洲人中等,剩下的不太好)

 

The hegemony of English is no excuse for monolingual native speakers to slack off 。 But at least we’ll know, as we struggle to write our “adorable” emails in a foreign tongue, that our global colleagues will be making the same effort in reverse – and hopefully, in the end, we’ll all understand each other a bit better.

 英语的强势不应该成为单一语言英语母语者懈怠的理由。但是,我们知道,在我们费尽力气用外语写“可爱的”邮件的时候,我们全球的伙伴都在努力扭转局势。---最后祝愿我们都能更好地理解彼此。

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