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