The beauty of English

Published: October 29, 2013

NIDDERAU, GERMANY: This is with reference to Dr Tariq Rahman’s piece of October 28 “The illusion of English for the masses”. English is a global language and asking that it should not be a medium of instruction is not realistic. Even in the European Central Bank (ECB), which is housed in Frankfurt, Germany, the official language is English. May I add that since the UK has not joined the eurozone, it is not even represented at the ECB.

I enjoy the English language and I love William Shakespeare’s poetry. To me, the virtue of any language lies in its ability to change, to soak up new communication ideas from around the world, adding to, not altering its beauty. Ignoring the value of this great language is tantamount to closing our minds to the outside world.

Sharif Lone

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2013.

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  • Bahauddin Naul
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:20AM

    Very well said. Our government should try to introduce English language in proper way from pre school level so that our students must be able to comprehend this language in its true sense. Though urdu is our national language but it isn’t going to help us seek higher knowledges in formal or research areas. China stuck itself to the fallacy of sticking to Chinese lingo but now when they got to know that English is the only language that may help them in the field of research, they’ve gone crazy for English.


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