Greetings, dear listeners! Thank you for tuning in to this podcast today. Our main focus for today's episode revolves around the fascinating journey of English evolving into the global language it is today.

But hold on to your curiosity, because later in the episode, we'll delve into a thought-provoking statement. I won't reveal it just yet, but it does concern Norway and potential language changes.

Now, I understand if you're skeptical and tempted to close this podcast, thinking it might be dull. However, I assure you, it's anything but boring.

Our discussion leaves plenty of room for your own contemplation, but I'll also share my perspective on these topics, supported by information from reputable sources. So, without further ado, let's embark on this intriguing journey.

Even further: (make clear, my point of view, didn’t find any sources)
Benefits of being bilingual.

Now, let's delve into our first topic – the remarkable journey of how English has evolved into the global language we encounter daily.

It's safe to say that we can hardly escape encountering English in some form or another on a daily basis. Whether it's within the confines of an English class, through texts, songs, movies, or merely conversations, English permeates our lives.

It has earned its status as the world's lingua franca, a term coined for a language that enables communication between people who do not share the same native tongue.

There exist myriad reasons behind the widespread dominance of the English language on a global scale. Kristin Bech, in her thought-provoking work, highlights what she calls the "Three C's": Colonization, Capitalism, and Culture.

These three factors, among others, have played pivotal roles in the ascendancy of the English language.

Now, let's not get bogged down in the minutiae, but a brief overview is certainly in order. Back in the 1500s, English was primarily confined to England.

However, driven by the desire to explore and expand their influence, the English embarked on a path of colonization, venturing into territories where Christian rulers were absent.

This era witnessed Englishmen spreading across the globe, establishing dominions where their authority held sway, often at the expense of the indigenous populations.

While this colonization was undoubtedly problematic, it persisted for a considerable duration. As time marched forward, people began to recognize the inherent issues in this arrangement.

The realization dawned that it was high time these nations reclaimed their autonomy, taking back what was originally theirs. This process of gaining independence began, but it wasn't fully realized until the early 1900s.

However, the legacy of English rule left an indelible mark, particularly through the widespread dissemination of the English language, touching the lives of even more people across the globe.