Englishisation: Chinese won't overtake English as a business language

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EnglishisationThere are several major languages in the world. Few of them could be named as Chinese, Spanish, Russian, German, Malay, etc. but despite all facts English is still remaining a major business language. If you want to do an international business English is a must! More corporations are choosing English as an official business language. Let’s take few examples. One of them is Lenovo a former IBM laptop division. Lenovo has adopted English as an official business language. Other examples are a Japanese Rakuten which operates the Uniqlo fashion chain and German carrier Lufthansa, etc. It is worth mentioning that about 300 million Chinese are taking English classes every year. Some small countries with global ambitions have made English as a state or major business language. Among those countries are Singapore which has decided to maintain English as one of official languages in line with Chinese, Malay and Tamil; Nordic countries whose businessmen are speaking English fluently or with a minor accent; Switzerland and Cyprus which keeps English as an official language for business allowing even tax and corporate reporting for Cyprus offshore companies in English. Following this trend it is advisable to start learning and perfecting English in order to succeed in international business. It is interesting to notice that all offshore company, offshore bank account and international tax planning business is in English. However, it needs to be mentioned that switching to English as an official business language can represent a challenge for many businesses. As an example General Electric was sued by its French workers because most of its internal documentation was in English. The EU is spending about US$1.5b each year on translations of EU documents to other European languages.