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English Has no Equals!




English Has no Equals!

On the 5th of September 1977, the American spacecraft Voyager One blasted off on its historic mission to Jupiter and beyond. On board the scientists who knew that Voyager would one day spin through distant star systems had installed a recorded greeting from the people of the planet Earth. A brief message in fifty-five different languages for the people of outer space plays a statement from the Secretary-General of the United Nations an Austrian named Kurt Waldheim, speaking on behalf of 147 member states in English. The rise of English is a remarkable success story. When Julius Caesar landed in Britain nearly two thousand years ago, English did not exist. Today English is used by at least 750 million people, and barely half of those speak it as a mother tongue.

Some estimates have put that figure closer to one billion. Whatever the total, English today is more widely spoken and written, than any other language has ever been. It has become the language of the planet, the first truly global language. Three-quarters of the world's mail, and its telexes and cables, are in English. So are more than half the world's technical and scientific periodicals: it is the language of technology from Silicon Valley to Shanghai. English is the medium for 80 per cent of the information stored in the world's computers. Nearly half of all business deals in Europe are conducted in English. It is the language of sports and glamour: the official language of the Olympics and the Miss Universe Competition. English is the official voice of the air and the sea, and of Christianity: it is the ecumenical language of the World Council of Churches. The largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBS, ABC, BBC) transmit in English to audiences that regularly exceed one hundred million.

English has no equals!

Dispute it if you can!

Questions:

1. When did the American spacecraft blast off?

2. What had the scientists installed on board?

3. When didn't English exit?

4. Has English become the language of the planet?

5. Is English the language of sport and glamour?

Vocabulary:

to blast off — стартовать

to spin — быстро двигаться

to install — устанавливать

outer space — открытый космос

on behalf of — от имени (кого-либо

barely — почти

mother tongue — родной язык

global language — мировой язык

cable — телеграмма

periodical — периодическая пресса

medium — средство обмена, посредник

glamour — обаяние, очарование

ecumenism — экуменизм

ecumenical — экуменический

Английский не имеет равных!

5 сентября 1977 г. американский космический корабль "Вояджер-1" стартовал со своей исторической миссией к Юпитеру и за его пределы. На борту, зная, что корабль однажды пройдет через отдельные звездные системы, ученые установили запись приветствия людей планеты Земля. Краткое послание обитателям открытого космоса на 55 разных языках представляет собой сообщение на английском языке Генерального секретаря Организации Объединенных Наций австрийца по имени Курт Вальдхайм от имени 147 стран.

Расширение границ употребления английского языка — это замечательная история успеха. Когда Юлий Цезарь около двух тысяч лет назад высадился в Британии, английского языка еще не было. Сегодня на нем говорят, по крайней мере, 750 млн. человек, к почти для половины из них английский является родным языком. По некоторым подсчетам, эта цифра приближается к миллиарду. Но какой бы ни была общая цифра, сегодня на английском говорят и пишут больше, чем когда-либо на любом другом языке. Он стал языком всей планеты, первым действительно мировым языком.

Три четверти переписки земного шара, телексов и телеграмм — на английском языке. Так же, как и более половины мировых технических и научных изданий: это язык технологии от Силиконовой Долины до Шанхая. Английский — это средство передачи 80% информации, собранной в компьютерах мира. Около половины всех сделок в Европе заключаются на английском языке. Это язык спорта и красоты: официальный язык Олимпийских игр и конкурса "Мисс Вселенная". Английский язык — официальный голос воздуха и моря, голос христианства: это экуменический язык Совета Церквей мира. Самые большие радиотрансляционные компании в мире (Си-би-эс, Эн-би-си, Эй-би-си, Би-би-си) передают программы на английском языке аудитории, которая временами превышает сто миллионов.

Английский не имеет равных! Поспорьте, если можете!

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