Is globalization a modern concept? Absolutely not. It is, however, a key feature of modern life and it is hard to talk about almost any aspect of life today without referring to our “global village”. This makes it hard to make a selection of globalization vocabulary- simply because it reaches into so many areas of our life.
The world – not all countries are equal
This is a sensitive area of vocabulary if important area of vocabulary. How do you describe the different regions of the world. Here are a few basic alternatives to get you started:
You should note some very useful world phrases: all around the world, all over the world, in all four corners of the world, worldwide, the other side of the world
Thinking globally (and locally)
Globalization is a good word, but you do need some alternatives. These options allow you to use the word “global” in different ways and thinks about different aspects of globalization.
Ubiquitous is a nice word that means “everywhere”
Co-operation and integration
One key feature of globalization is that nations work together and become more integrated. Try some of these words and phrases.
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The global village
Globalization means progress (to some people) or just things getting bigger
There is a strong connection between the concepts of change and globalization.
Globalization means trade (and wealth for some people)
In many ways, there is a strong connection between trade and globalization. This also connects to issue of consumerism – we want to buy whatever we want, wherever we go. For this you need some globalization vocabulary to discuss issues such as consumerism and its close cousin: capitalism.
Not everyone likes globalization
Here is some useful globalization vocabulary to help you write and speak about the negative sides of globalization.
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Is globalization a good thing?
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