THREE IMPORTANT REASONS TO LEARN ENGLISH
English is a global language. Although there are only about 375 million native English speakers worldwide, there are an estimated 1.5 billion English speakers when you include non-native speakers or about 20% of the world’s population! Learning English gives you access to easy communication with a lot more people, considering that you already speak another language in addition to English. Apart from the desire to communicate, people choose to learn English for many different reasons. Here are the three most important reasons:
- To excel at work. As the world becomes more and more connected internationally, English is being, if not required, then strongly preferred in the business world. Whether you are in sales, marketing, human resources, or engineering, you will likely have to use English. You may be expected to give presentations to an international audience or attend conferences for professional development. Maybe it’s your job to handle international clients or to design product descriptions that will help reach a larger market. The ability to network with people in the social setting will also greatly affect your career in business, so being able to make small talk is important. If your job doesn’t specifically require English, it will still be seen as an asset by your employer, and may even get you a nice promotion!
- For academic studies or research. Technology has created a fantastic advantage for the world of academia. Now more than ever, researchers have access to peer reviewed studies at the click of a button. Considering that 52% of all internet content is in English, it makes sense to choose English as your second language. The next largest content is in Russian, at only 6.5%. Even if you do not use the internet as your main source of research, English has become the most common language in academic publishing. If you would like your hard work to be seen by as many people as possible, and to make connections with people in your field, you need to be able to publish in English. Mastering the language will also come in handy for attending and presenting at conferences, which is a great way to expand your audience.
- For personal growth. Not everyone learns English to advance their careers. Some people feel a deep, cultural attraction to the language. Mastering English can help you enjoy entertainment to a higher degree. Imagine watching the most popular movies in the world without having to read subtitles or listen to awkward dubbing. Also, people who have studied the language are more likely to pick up subtleties in humor and emotion. Or reading a best-selling book without having to wait for a translation to be released. World travellers will also find learning English to be very useful. Imagine that you are from Istanbul, and you get the opportunity to travel to China on short notice. Are you more likely to find Turkish speakers in China when you need help or Chinese English speakers? Or maybe you’re in Germany, and you meet a potential new friend from Russia, but you don’t speak German or Russian. English paves the way for many international travellers, and you will find that your trip is less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.
What is your reason for learning English? Tell us about it in the comments below!
ACCESS: the ability to use
TO HANDLE: to manage or be responsible for
TO NETWORK: to make connections with people who can help you professionally
TO MAKE SMALL TALK: to have light conversations in social settings (weather, family, news)
FIELD: (in this context) a category of business or professional activity (the FIELD of teaching)
TO COME IN HANDY: to be useful or convenient
AWKWARD: uncomfortable, lacking skill
ON SHORT NOTICE: without time to prepare
TO PAVE THE WAY: to make something easier
CHECK YOUR UNDERSTANDING:
- How many people speak English worldwide?
- What are the three most important reasons for learning English?
- What is the easiest way to communicate with a Chinese person if you do not speak Chinese?
- Have you ever been misunderstood while trying to express yourself in English? How did it feel? Were you able to resolve the problem?
- What is a positive experience you have had that you would not have been able to do if you didn’t speak English?