Learning in English makes sense
- By: Ahmed Magdy Kassem
Some Egyptian critics are sceptical about the dominance of English in the medical world. They say that teaching in a foreign language is a remnant of imperial times which should be removed. We are independent and our language should be too. I have also heard people argue that studying in a foreign language prevents a proper understanding and hinders learning.
I do not think that the use of a foreign language is evidence of a country's dependence, unless using this language is humiliating or it destroys the native language. English has official or special status in at least 75 countries with a total population of over two billion, and those countries are independent. As long as using a foreign language is beneficial, the country remains free.
Most medical words in English are combinations of roots and prefixes or suffixes of Latin and Greek, which make them easier to remember. A