¿El lenguaje de la ciencia y de la música?

Los científicos publican en inglés, aún sin ser nativos. Muchos grupos que no son ni americanos ni ingleses, cantan en inglés. En este artículo Susana Lora nos hace un ameno análisis de por qué el inglés es la lengua de la ciencia y de la música. Muy interesante, oigan.

No one doubts the capital importance of English in the modern World, it is the “lingua   franca” of our time. Why? The predominance of Anglo-Saxon countries in the Economy and Politics of the World is, of course, the main reason. But is it the only one?

The traditional major investment in Science of Anglo-Saxon governments is not only the reason why English is the language of Science. Its relative simplicity in contrast with other mother tongues helps to achieve a clear and concrete way of expressing the processes of Nature and Universe.

The most prestigious scientific journal in the world is “Science”.  If a scientist wants his work would be known and valued by the international scientific community, he has to publish in English.

Not all of them are native speakers, but they try to use English as his work tool.

 …And what about the importance of English in Music?

Every language has its own rhythm and musicality. In the case of English, its particular sound makes it suitable for popular music and songs; not as harsh as German, nor too complex to modulate as other tongues.

The sole political predominance of the USA and Britain doesn’t explain the huge explosion of “modern” music in the 2nd half of the 20th Century. In the United States, the rhythm and blues sound, mixed with country elements, gave birth to Rock and Roll: a sound with basic rhythms clearly marked by a strong percussion.

It jumped to the UK and created the “Beat” sound (a remembrance of heartbeats in the battery sound). The Beatles used this sound to create truly masterpieces which have been sung and enjoyed by millions of people since then. Nowadays, the list of bands, singers who sing in English and songs recorded in this language has fully increased in order to be successful.

In conclusion, there are a great range of reasons why you decide to learn English (improve in your job, studies,  travelling, but you’ll always have an additional one: pleasure. Enjoy.


* Susana Lora was born in Madrid in 1975.  She studied her English Degree in Spain (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). She has been teaching English as a foreign language since 1999; attending to several courses in order to gain wide experience in teaching tecniques. Along these years she has travelled to different countries, Ireland, England, Canada…   working there as a teacher assistant;  also she was in charge  of  different groups of Spanish students who  travelled abroad to improve their English.

She is the director of English Connection in the centre of Alcorcón.

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