English isn’t managing to sweep all else before it — and if it ever does become the universal language, many of those who speak it won’t understand one another.
Barbara Wallraff wrote this in 2000, claiming that English hasn’t, and perhaps won’t ever, become a truly global language. A lot can change in a decade. How do you see the situation in your part of the world?
Has the expansion of English proven Wallraff wrong? How do you predict the future of language in your country? Will the use of English grow and then fall? Will it slowly increase but never pass the vernacular language?