The Value of Learning English

Learning English is very important as it impacts your opportunities both personally and professionally. Because learning English expands your knowledge of culture and subjects, it increases your business and professional options as well as personal opportunities. Learning English provides insight into the culture, politics, business practices and new trends in the global community.
Personal Rewards
Learning English is interesting and challenging. The challenges include learning to think in new ways such as recognizing that the values you hold most dear may be different from the values other people hold. Learning to appreciate values other than your own is one of the most rewarding aspects of learning English because you gain a depth of understanding about yourself. Learning English is interesting because as you develop linguistic skills, you also meet new people who introduce you to different foods, movies, and entertainment.
Learning to read in English opens the door to many more resources than you would have access to in your native language alone. In addition to books, newspapers, and professional articles printed only in English, more than 80% of webpages on the internet are written in English. Reading a variety of resources provides a wider range of topics that you know about and a greater depth of knowledge. When you have access to this many additional resources, you gain an advantage over those with limited resources.
English is the official language in 52 countries and is the primary language in many small territories and colonies. It is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the world’s population speaks and understands English at least at a beginning-intermediate level. In addition, English is the de facto language of diplomacy. When you learn English, is the whole world becomes accessible to you. Whether you want to travel for pleasure or for professional opportunities, learning English enables you to travel more easily. The benefits of travel include giving you an edge in international affairs, in particular, in regards to business.
Just as English is the de facts language of diplomacy, it is also the de facto language of business. Being able to read, write, and communicate in English opens a flood-gate of opportunities in the business world. Companies need English competent employees to set up and run branch offices overseas, communicate with competitors in other countries, stay abreast of industry trends, and serve as translators, negotiators, liaisons, and consultants for the company both at home and abroad.
Broader Diversity
Learning English helps you to learn about different cultures and different people. As you broaden your own sense of diversity, you become more tolerant of differences among people. This increases negotiation and problem-solving skills which are beneficial both personally and professionally. In today’s global economy, having a broad sense of diversity is necessary for success both in your home country and abroad.
Overall Value
In a study done by Weber in which six different factors (number of primary speakers, secondary speakers, population of countries that use English, major fields using English internationally, economic power of English speaking countries and socio-literary prestige), English was determined to be the number one most influential language. Based on this information, the value of learning English is to be active and competitive in the global community.

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