Taiwan will make English an official language in an attempt to help citizens pursue opportunities abroad, Premier William Lai announced.
Lai stated that the move would encourage Taiwanese people to learn English, which would then allow them to pursue greater opportunities abroad.
Lai observed: “Culture is our root, and the English language is our tool – or see it as our foot, if you will. Given that language is the primary tool of communication, a lack of English proficiency hampers one from gaining an advantageous position in international competitiveness.”
Approximately 85% of United Nations member nations have official languages, and 53 of those nations have adopted English as their official language. Taiwan would the 54th nation to do so. The United States remains to be added to that list.