IELTS Task 2 Sample Answer 5 - The development of tourism contributed to English becoming the most prominent language in the world. Some people think that this will lead to English becoming the only language to be spoken globally. What are the advantages and disadvantages to having one language in the world?

Tourism industry has popularised English over the other languages. It is thought by a few that this may pave way to English becoming the sole language of communication in the world. Though this development has some advantages associated with it, this may tamper the cultural uniqueness and the soul of tourism industry.

The prime benefit of using a common language is that it will resolve geographical imbalance. When people use one language, it would help to bridge geographical barriers in communication thereby facilitating exchange of ideas and information effectively consequently leading to better understanding and relationship between nations. Another advantage of being monolingual is the improvement of trade and commerce. The major reason why businesses have failed to flourish in many countries is due to the barriers existing in communication. However, if a single language is used throughout the world, this problem can be overcome with ease.

The disadvantages of multiple languages shrinking to one language cannot be ignored. One reason is that language is always associated with a culture. Thus having only one language may lead to the death of many cultures and languages, as language and culture are the two faces of the same coin.Moreover, it affects tourism as people prefer to travel only because of cultural diversity.  In the absence of such diversity, the number of tourists travelling around the world to explore other cultures would definitely decline which can be a threat to the worldwide economy especially to the nations that depend on tourism as their main source of income.

In conclusion , the world will remain in its charm only with the presence of multiple languages and cultures. Although it seems easy to live with only one language , the drawbacks associated with using a single language cannot be neglected.