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The Power of the English Language in Brazil

Simone Corte
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Sandy Peters

Many people in Brazil have started thinking about globalization as a threat to their native cultures, most of all to the native language.

 

Simone Corte from Brazil

It's impossible to deny that so many aspects of the American way of life are widespread all around the world. Of course, it depends on the government policies between each country and the U.S.A. How pervasive it will be also depends on the culture of each country.

In Brazil, we have many examples of the so-called exportation of American culture. Our economy is based on the dollar and the stock market. We have been using imported products in all commercial sectors, from agriculture to fashion. We import technology; we import business styles; we import music and films.

But the most impressive thing for me is the power of the English language. We use English names and words extensively, especially in proper names of persons (Jennifer, Eddie, Eric, William), places (The magnolia Park Condominio), books and magazines (Runner Magazine), restaurants (Baked Potato Pub), and trade buildings (Executive Center Everest). We also use it for commercial products, especially things related to the computer and business administration fields (CIA Informatic Solutions).

Because of all this, many people in Brazil have started thinking about globalization as a threat to their native cultures, most of all to the native language, Portuguese. In my opinion, we have to protect our traditions and preserve our language as precious treasures. This doesn't mean that we can not incorporate other American contributions (like the language) which could enhance our education and culture without causing us to forget our roots.

In other words, all citizens have to learn first to be proud of their nation and then enjoy other foreign benefactions as gifts that can open horizons. All knowledge can be a blessing or a curse; it depends on how the population is able to use it for a good purpose. And people have to be educated soon for this. Education is everything.


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