Why should I learn English?
It’s a good question! And here are some good answers!
English, whether you like it or not, is the chosen language of international communication.
- English has official or special status in at least seventy five countries with a total population of over two billion.
- Speakers of English as a second language probably outnumber those who speak it as a first language.
- Around 750 million people are believed to speak English as a foreign language.
- One out of four of the world's population speak English to some level of competence; demand from the other three-quarters is increasing.
- Nearly one in two European Union citizens claim to be able to converse in English* according to a survey carried out in 1998, and 69 per cent of survey respondents who did not speak English as their first language felt that it was the most important language for them to learn or use.
Sources: British Council & Eurobarometer 50 *This includes the 16 per cent of EU citizens who speak English as their first language.
Information & Research
- English is the main language of books, newspapers, airports and air-traffic control, international business and academic conferences, science, technology, diplomacy, sport, international competitions, pop music and advertising.
- Over two-thirds of the world's scientists read in English.
- Three quarters of the world's mail is written in English
- 80% of the world's electronically stored information is in English.
- Of the estimated 200 million users of the Internet, some 36% communicate in English.
Develop your career
- Most professional jobs require a good level in English – think how impressive "excellent level in English" will look on your CV.
- Business and commerce are increasingly driven by international trade and if you are going to grow in your job you need to be able to follow this trend.
- Technical skills are essential in modern industries and you need to be able to both read and write technical English if you are going to maintain your technical competence.
- You may need to attend International Symposiums and Exhibitions either as a visitor or a presenter and the chances are you’ll have to work in the English language.