The need for intercultural communication, is without question necessary in our constantly evolving interaction with one other as we move towards being more connected to one other on a global scale. Thus it is essential for people to use one language to communicate between nations as a global language. It is such a language that we define as an international language.
There are two major language forms from which a modern international language is sourced from: national languages and artificial languages. Of these two national language has been predominately favored. The main advantage that becomes apparent when choosing the former option, is that the language is already in existence and it has already been used by people for centuries.
However, there are three major setbacks with use of national languages as international languages. They are follows: many have myriad dialects, no "official" form, so a standard would have to be worked out; for the most part, they are not phonetic: the spellings would have to be changed, and some difficult pronunciations eliminated; thirdly, and in some instances and most importantly, a national language carries with itself a national culture from where it originated. An extreme example would oriental languages such as Korean where addressing or conversing, individuals are assigned honorifics based on their hierarchy. This would present a challenge to novice learners of the language not familiar with background culture of the language.
Of the national languages that have been selected to become an international language, English is the most widely used worldwide in many circumstances. However it should be noted that only ten percent of the global population are able to converse in it fluently. Other like French have even lower percentages of people who converse fluently and those who do have customized the language to suit their specific social and cultural environments. Hence the emergence of varying dialects of...