Mastering the English language is useful for self-improvement and to understand other cultures. It is helpful to anyone who wants to speak with people in another language. If you want to live and work in other countries or study abroad, knowing the language gives you an advantage.
But there are 6,500 languages in the world, and you can’t learn them all. Luckily, there is one language that is more important than any other, that will allow you to communicate almost anywhere with anyone.
The English Language
English is taught in many schools around the world to both young children and teens in high schools. People realise the important role it has in the world.
So most young people now will leave school knowing some basic English. And English lessons and classes are available almost everywhere in the world.
A low level of fluency will help with some simple communication. But if you master the English language, you will find new possibilities, experiences and opportunities that only come with high fluency.
So what is the importance of mastering English?
1. International language
English is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is the official language of 53 countries and is spoken as a first language by around 400 million people.
It is also the most common second language. One out of five people can speak or understand English. There are actually more people in the world that speak English as a foreign language than people who speak it as their native language.
CONNECT AND COMMUNICATE
Because English is a common language around the world, it connects people. They will use English as a shared speech to communicate with each other. So it acts as a bridge between people.
A high level of English makes travelling easier. Not only can you interact with people, but many signs and information boards are often translated into English. Announcements on flights or at train stations in many large cities are provided in English. So it really does help to understand this universal language.
2. Media and Entertainment Language
If you only watch, read or listen in your own native language, you limit the amount of material available to you. And translations miss much of their original expression. Mastering English will help broaden your knowledge and experience.
MOVIES AND MUSIC
You will have much wider access to entertainment. Most of the world’s top films, television and music are produced in English. You won’t need to rely on subtitles or dubbing.
When an English movie is dubbed into another language, it loses its original character. When you watch them in authentic English, you can understand and experience more of the different culture.
And it is also a fun way to learn the language.
INTERNET AND BROADCASTING
Most content on the internet is written in English, so you will be able to read and enjoy much more online. And you will be able to take part in forums and discussions, leave comments and reach a much wider international audience.
It is important to listen to the local news. But you will broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world by reading and listening to English speaking articles, news programs and radio too.
So you will have access to much more information when you master English.
English is the main language of business. Being able to speak it provides more opportunities for work and study to lead to success.
Studying abroad is a great way to meet people and experience their culture while you learn. And make valuable international contacts in the area you are studying.
If you want to study in another country, thousands of schools around the world offer courses in English.
With English fluency, you have the chance to study at some top schools around the world. This can then help in your career when you return home or wherever you wish to go.
English is the language of medicine, science and technology. English is important in these professions and many others too. Companies are becoming more international and use English to communicate on a global scale.
So they need fluent English employees to speak and connect with clients and partners in different countries.
Mastering English will also help if you need to do research for work or sell things to people in different countries. If you gain the skill for English language teaching, you can find work anywhere.
It is also very important in tourism. You will be much more likely to get a job in a hotel or restaurant if you speak English.
Staying at home, knowing only your own culture and habits will close you off to amazing experiences and chances to learn about other people and yourself too.
CULTURE, PERSONAL GROWTH, UNDERSTANDING
When you learn English and speak it well enough to immerse yourself in another country’s way of life, you learn about different cultures and habits. This experience will help you grow as a person. You will become more understanding and more accepting.
It is so important to share with and accept other cultures and their ways, to help the world be a better place. And English can help you to do that in a very positive way.
When you are in a foreign country, it can be hard to adjust and feel at home. You can always find someone who speaks your language to be friends with; this is true.
But English can help you to connect with more people; to broaden your possibilities of finding like-minded people. You will have a better chance to find people with similar hobbies and the same interests.
5. It’s Good for You
Learning any language is good for you, to grow and be a better person by learning and experiencing more. English can help you with this and more.
EASE OF LEARNING
When you start learning English, it may seem challenging at first. But you will soon realise that compared to other languages, English is much easier to learn.
It is based on a simple alphabet, and many of the words originate from other languages including Latin, French and Spanish. This makes it easier for some people to pick it up.
Because learning the English language is easier for many people than other languages, it feels very satisfying as you are able to make good progress.
It is also good for your brain. Knowing a second language keeps your brain young and healthy. It is actually a work out for your brain so it will stay strong and more active as you age.
When you master English and can speak it fluently, you can communicate more difficult ideas. You can fully express opinions in lots of situations.
So you will not be left out and can join in any English conversation.
You will have more freedom and independence because you won’t have to rely on anyone to help you in translating. You will not have to depend on anyone to be with you to help understand and manage everyday activities.
English Language Homestays
The best way to learn English well and become a master of the language is to immerse yourself among the people and in the culture of native English speakers.
When you are surrounded by native speakers, it is much easier to adapt and learn. And with enough practice, you will start thinking in English and it will come much more naturally.
Homestay English UK offers many options and packages to stay with families and tutors in the host country. There are choices for students of all ages and educational levels and for adults and families too.
With these programmes, you can really improve your language skills to help you work towards fluency and open up your possibilities in your studies and career. And make some lifelong friends along the way.
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