English is the language of science, of aviation, computers, diplomacy, and tourism.
Knowing English increases your chances of getting a good job in a multinational company within your home country or for finding work abroad. It’s also the language of international communication, the media and the internet, so learning English is important for socialising and entertainment as well as work!
Let’s look at the top 4 reasons why studying English is so important:
1. English is the Language of International Communication
English may not be the most spoken language in the world, but it is the official language of 53 countries and spoken by around 400 million people across the globe. Being able to speak English is not just about being able to communicate with native English speakers, it is the most common second language in the world. If you want to speak to someone from another country then the chances are that you will both be speaking English to do this.
The British Council projects that by 2020 two billion people in the world will be studying English. Learning English is important as it enables you to communicate easily with your fellow global citizens. When you study English, you will be making friends with people from lots of different countries, using English as your common language!
2. English is the Language of Business
English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce. Research from all over the world shows that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English and many international companies expect employees to be fluent in English.
Global companies such as Airbus, Daimler-Chrysler, Fast Retailing, Nokia, Renault, Samsung, SAP, Technicolor, and Microsoft in Beijing, have mandated English as their official corporate language. In addition, in 2010 the company Rakuten, a Japanese cross between Amazon and eBay, made it mandatory for their 7,100 Japanese employees to be able to speak English.
The importance of learning English in the international marketplace cannot be understated – learning English really can change your life.
3. Speaking English gives you Access to a World of Entertainment
Many of the world’s top films, books and music are published and produced in English. Therefore, by learning English you will have access to a great wealth of entertainment and will be able to have a greater cultural understanding.
If you speak English, you won’t need to rely on translations and subtitles anymore to enjoy your favourite books, songs, films and TV shows. Watching movies and television programmes in the English language is also a great and fun way to learn it!
At ELC we encourage students to participate in the social programme to practice English outside a class environment. Activities include watching popular English films, sports, art galleries, museums, trips and excursions to local and historical areas. The programme is designed to encourage students to use and learn English in British culture.
4. Learning English gives you Access to more of the Internet
According to a report by Education First, English is the language of the internet. An estimated 565 million people use the internet every day, and an estimated 52 percent of the world’s most visited websites are displayed in the English language.
Learning English is important as it gives you access to over half the content on the internet. Knowing how to read English will allow you access to billions of pages of information which may not be otherwise available!
The Importance of Learning English Today
Although learning English can be challenging and time-consuming, we can see that it is also very valuable to learn and can create many opportunities!
Is Learning English Your Biggest Challenge? These 7 Tips Will Help You
When you start to learn English, it can be a challenge.
However, there are some great ways for you to improve your language skills and learn about the culture of England and the UK at the same time. Whether you like movies, listening to music, or reading, we have lots of ideas for you of how you can learn English and have fun at the same time.
Why is learning English important?
English is the official language in a large number of countries as well as England, including the continents of North America and Australia. In addition, it’s the language of science, aviation, computers, diplomacy and tourism and so learning English is vital if you want to expand the opportunities available to you. If you are looking to further your career and enter a global market, then learning English is important as it is the dominant business language, spoken worldwide.
Also, many of the world’s great books, movies and songs are in the English language so, for your own enjoyment, learning English is important to access more entertainment.
What is your big ambition?
You might have a very different reason for learning English, so if you find it to be a challenge, try and focus on why you need to learn. What are you hoping to achieve in life and how will English help you to do that? The more you connect learning English to your goals in life, the better.
What do you enjoy doing?
Even with a clear goal in mind, the act of learning English can still be a challenge. So next, think about what you like to do in your free time, and how you best like to learn. Try and find learning activities which are fun and relaxing, and as close to your usual lifestyle as possible.
How to learn English whilst having fun.
If you’re looking to learn English at home, in England or at an English language school, here are 7 quick tips to help make learning English easy:
1) Watch movies or TV series in English
When you’re learning English, watching English language films and TV programmes is a great way to learn whilst having fun. If you watch your favourite show or movie on DVD or Netflix, then you can pause and rewind to make sure you understand what people are saying.
If you watch a film English that you already know well in your own language, you will find that your brain will start to connect the language to the scene, and that will help learning too. Soon you will be remembering famous lines and can try acting along with the characters in English. May the force be with you!
2) Read English comics
Reading comic books and magazines in English helps you learn English as the pictures tell the story to help you understand the words. Comics are helpful as they use short sentences that are easier to understand. English language comics and magazines help teach British culture which is great for when you visit England and the UK.
3) Keep a diary in English
Every evening, write a few sentences in English in a notebook about what you did that day. This is a fantastic way to learn English and also practise your grammar skills. After you have written the words in your journal, read them out loud and feel how the words sound when you say them. Try also writing shopping and ‘to do’ lists in English. And once you’ve bought your shopping, try following a recipe in English!
4) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Making mistakes when you are learning to speak English is great! Mistakes help us learn, and the more mistakes you make, the more you learn. If you worry about making a mistake then you will never open your mouth. Have courage and aim to make at least ten mistakes in your English every day. When you learn English at ELC, your teachers love it when you are not afraid to make a mistake as they are there to help.
5) Listen to English radio and podcasts
Surround yourself with the sound of the English language by listening to English radio and podcasts. Listen at home, when you are walking or travelling on public transport. Even if you only understand part of what is being said, you will get used to the sound of English and soon you will be learning more than you realise. Learn English songs too and sing along to them in the shower!
6) Practise, Practise, Practise!
The more you speak English, read English, write English and listen to English, the faster you will learn English. Also, try thinking in English. Take a simple thought in your native language and then think it again in English, then try saying it out loud (although maybe not on the bus!)
7) Take an English course with ELC
The best way to learn English is to study England at an English language school. English courses at ELC enable you to learn English with the best teachers, stay with English families, and make friends for life. There is no better way to learn English than to come to England and surround yourself with English 24/7.
Here’s something else to think about!