Why are you thinking about learning better English?

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re considering the idea of improving your standard of English. You probably know this will take effort and determination. Even so, you are willing to do it. That’s because you know it will be worthwhile. You’re right, as this blog will explain.


Reasons to learn better English:

Reason One: According to the British Council, English is spoken to an understandable level by 1.75 billion people. That’s one in every four people on the planet. By 2020, the British Council believes that two billion people will be using it, or learning it to speak it. So the use of English will continue to grow.

Reason Two: In a 2012 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, nearly 70 per cent of executives said their workforce needed to master English to realise their expansion plans. English remains the global language of business.

Reason Three:There’s greater demand across the world for communication in English. Russia has stated that fluent English will be required to become a civil servant. In Vietnam, English is compulsory from the fourth grade and it’s taught in all primary schools in Japan. Kazakhstan needs 30,000 English speakers for the Expo 2017. So it is not just the workplace that is seeing a growing use of English.

Reason Four:Social networking and relationships lean more towards English than any other language. The Internet has created a level playing fieldin terms of English use. According to Internet World Statistics, more than 536 million people use the Internet in English, more than a quarter of all users. A large proportion of entertainment is in English.

Reason Five:  English has become the language of knowledge globally. More than 50 per cent of Internet pages are in English. There are many universities around the world that have recognised the need for English and are now teaching entire courses in English. In the UK alone, the UK Council of International Student Affairs estimates there are 430,000 foreign learners, with 750,000 in the United States.

If you have decided to learn better English, you have undertaken quite a challenge. Even so, you can see from this article that it will be worth the effort. You will not be alone in your studies, either.

Learning a better standard of English can lead to many new opportunities. As well as broadening your mind, it can change your life – as the above reasons show.

Are you thinking of learning better English? What has prompted you to think about it? Is it related to work, or a personal goal?Let us know. 

Glossary

workforce – (n) - People who work or are available for work, either in a country or area, or in a particular industry or firm

a civil servant – (n) - Someone who works for the government or one of its branches

a level playing field - (idiom) - A situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding

undertaken quite a challenge - (past participle + n) - To commit to a task or situation which tests someone’s abilities

broadening your mind - (idiom) – Expanding  your understanding of the world and other people's ideas, beliefs and cultures

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