Why should you learn to speak English?

English is spoken all over the world and is often a first choice for those wanting to learn a second language. English is also known as the “communicating language”. When strangers meet, they will most likely speak English. English used to be the second-most common language (after Mandarin), but Spanish-speakers have increased much more rapidly over the past 15 years, so now English is 3rd.

In the story, Anna and Artem were already learning English before they moved to the United States. This is very common.

If you learn English, you will be able to practice the language in more than a 100 countries around the world. For these reasons, investing time learning English can be a great decision. Below are some other reasons to learn English:

Business:

One important reason that people around the world are learning English as a second language is because it has become the dominant business language of the world and the language of international commerce. World business headquarters are mainly located in the UK and the USA. English provides a common way to communicate between employees, companies and countries. Learning English also provides additional employment opportunities for working with international companies that have locations in different countries. Employees who speak English are considered valuable (across a variety of industries). English has long been the default language of trade (as you can read about in history). Cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English. So, in the business world, learning English can truly change your life.

Education:

For students pursuing a higher education, learning English as a second language is very important. English has become the common language for scientific papers and journals, and many fields including information technology, medicine and engineering are based on English words and roots. So, understanding English allows more resources to be available to students who understand English. By learning English, students also have a wider range of postsecondary and graduate schools to choose from in English speaking countries.

Travel:

For individuals who travel regularly, there are many benefits of learning English. The number of English speaking travelers is very high all across the world. In nearly every country, English can be used to communicate with taxi drivers, officials, guides and hotel staff. The ability to read English also helps because there are often English subtitles on signs. There are nearly 400 million native English speakers, and English is understood and/or spoken by 1-1.6 billion people. With over a quarter of the world speaking the language, there’s always someone to practice with, especially when you travel.

Immigration:

Many people learn English as a second language to meet immigration requirements. Some countries (that have English as their official language) will give language tests to people applying for citizenship. Speaking English also makes is easier to learn the new culture of an area and to find work and therefore contribute to the economy. There is no requirement presently that immigrants learn English to become citizens or legal residents of the United States.

Entertainment:

A person who learns the English language can enjoy more movies, video games, television shows and music, all created in English. Even foreign films are often closed captioned in English.

Internet:

Most of the content produced on the internet (over 50%) is in English. So knowing English will allow you access to an incredible amount of information which may not be otherwise available.

What is the best way to learn English?

English is sometimes considered a hard language to learn due to the amount of exceptions to rules and irregular spelling and pronunciation. But, over 339 million people speak English. For every native English speaker, there are 3 non-natives. So, that means many people have been successful learning it! By staying motivated and breaking up the process of learning English into small steps, you can continue to learn the language.

To learn English, experts suggest that you:

• Immerse yourself in the language including listening to English songs and watching English movies.

• Do not live in fear of opening your mouth to speak English and making an embarrassing mistake. Fear can be a strong barrier to overcome, but instead of worrying about how people will react to your attempt to speak English, try your best and you will learn from your mistakes.

• Do not focus on the harder parts of the English language. Try to focus on the easy aspects of grammar first. Getting used to all of the grammatical rules is just part of the process of learning a language. So try to continue your progress by learning the easier bits first. For example: English has a simple past tense. It’s not a rule in every case, but you can find the simple past tense of many English verbs by adding “-ed” at the end. For example, “He walked home”, “They danced the night away”. Yes, there are exceptions to this rule, but you can learn those later.

• Remember that you can often find many different ways to explain the same thing, thanks to the wide range of vocabulary in the English language. One of the best parts of the English language is its flexibility. There are over 750,000 words (some experts estimate that number to be 1 million) and new ones are added every year. So, many Non-native English speakers who learn it as a second language often comment on how many ways there are to say things. Every year, more than 1,000 new and approved words are added to the Oxford Dictionary. This is due to technology, Social Media and how people spontaneously coin new words during daily life.

• Do not compare yourself to others, because everyone learns at their own pace.

According to the Census Bureau

Nearly 5 million native-born Americans have limited English proficiency, and another 20 million foreign-born U.S. residents (nearly half of all immigrants to the United States) can’t speak English “very well.”

For most of America’s history, the country has had a welcoming attitude toward aspiring Americans. Many Americans feel that learning English should be a top priority for those who aspire to become Americans.

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