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English is losing its political and cultural associations and becoming the
property of all cultures. Over 70 countries in the world use English as the official or semi-official language, and in 20 more
English occupies an important position. It is the main foreign language taught
10 most school systems. Worldwide, many newspapers are published in English and
it is the language of much radio and television broadcasting. English is the language of international business, the main language of airports, air
traffic control and international shipping. It is the language of science,
technology and medicine, and it is estimated that two-thirds of all scientific papers
today are first published in English. It is the language of diplomacy and sport;
it is one of the working languages of the United Nations and the language used by the
International Olympic Committee. International pop culture and advertising are
so dominated by English. 70% of the world's mail is written in English, and 80%
of all information in electronic retrieval systems is stored in English.
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