Out of thousands of languages in the world, English language is one of the most popular not only in former British colonies such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and India but also in other countries as well. In Nepal’s context, Nepal was never under British colony in history nor is it the common language in Nepal. Yet, English language already have a greater impact in Nepal’s education system, trade and commerce. Even though there is lack of fluency in speaking English language in Nepal, some people even manage to speak in broken English.
Scope of English language
We can say English is now attached to daily activities. The way we communicate with people, use internet, education, research, tourism , trade everything is linked to English language. Nepal being associated with various international organisations such as World Trade Organization, BIMSTEC, SAFTA, United Nations etc has also made English language, foreign culture and tradition visible in the country. With the tourism industries emerging, English is getting even more priority as it is important to communicate with tourists and expand tourism industries. The influence of English is high in education system of Nepal as well. English is taken as a compulsory subjects in schools and colleges and universities.
With the help of English language, Nepalese get more chance to get job in UN and other multinational ingos.
Importance of English language in Nepal
English has played a vital role in developing countries like Nepal for building career and employment opportunities. It has now expanded its reach to various fields such as democracy, media, international politics, commerce, human rights, diplomacy, tourism and various other development sectors. In Nepal, mostly younger generations are highly influenced by English language. They use English mostly while using mobile, internet, social medias as they are mostly into mass media technology and foreign culture. English artists, songs, films etc are also loved by Nepalese people as it is mostly trending in Nepal.
English has great importance and scope in a country like Nepal. Although, Nepal is a country full of natural resources but unfortunately they are inaccessible and underutilized. If they are properly utilized then we can attract more tourists. But for handling tourist we need to have a good command of English which shows how important it is for better communication with tourists. It also facilitates the international mobility of students, tourists, workers and others. Nowadays international mobility of students is rapidly increasing in Nepal. Most students prefer to go abroad for higher education and better career opportunities. English language has helped the students to study in foreign countries and find a high quality job, communicating with the international world.
In the world of globalization, the importance of English cannot be underestimated since English is the most common language spoken everywhere. Particularly, as a developing country, Nepal needs to consider it’s importance and make use of it in order to develop the country. In the present context, English language undoubtedly has increased economic connections and facilitate to gain economic prosperity in Nepal. But with the prioritization of Nepali and English language, the state needs to review its plan and practices in time to protect other distinct traditional languages without mitigating the role of national language as Nepali and International language as English.
Understanding the importance of English language in Nepal, Google Nepal has an automated feature to convert English words into Nepali words.