Up to the end of the twentieth century, Arabic and English have played an important role as the media for communication all over the world.Â Both languages are significantly used in not only national but also global scopes. Millions of people in the world today use either passive or active Arabic and/or English in their daily lives. The question is,â will the global community in the 21st century still put these international languages in a position as important as it is today?âÂ Trends in the use of languages in the world can be viewed from several different aspects, among which are the economic strength of a language and the demography of languageÂ users. Although so far there has been no fixed agreement on the criteria of a language to be called as âthe world languageâ yet, there is a tendency that by mid 21stÂ century there will be trends in the worldâs language domination and hierarchy. The trends will also involve the global use of Arabic and English. The two languages are predicted to still have an essential position as the worldâs major languages and therefore will be used globally.Â The use of Arabic and English is strongly predicted to undergo a transition in a positive way. In addition to that, it is not impossible that by mid 21st century, there will be a tendency of bilingual education (using foreign languages in presenting non-linguistic school subjects) spreading in the worldâs urban areas, including those areas in Indonesia.
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