Seven billion people now reside on our earth and according to the Harvard Business Review, one in every four of them speak English at a useful level. Are you one of them? If not, here are ten reasons to start learning English now.
1. Most popular language. According to Geography.about.com, there are 196 countries in the world. Of those countries, over a quarter of them have established English as their official national language.
2. Official language. English is one of the official languages for both The United Nations and The League of Nations.
3. Traveling around the world. Since so many countries use English, when you combine it with your language or languages, you should have a much easier time communicating with the people you encounter.
4. Teaching others. Once you learn English, you can start giving English lessons, which would increase your income.
5. Getting good grades. Many colleges and universities require students to take English as a second language. By learning it now, you will have an easier time when you are required to study English at a higher education institution.
6. Turning off subtitles. When watching movies in English, you will no longer need to sit close enough to read the subtitles. You can just turn them off.
7. Providing a better future for your family. In many countries, being able to speak English allows you access to better paying jobs.
8. Becoming more independent. As more products and literature become available throughout the world from English-speaking countries, the more reliant consumers with be upon understanding English. If you have a good command of English, then you won’t need to rely on someone else to tell you the ingredients in food products, what the assembly directions say, or even to translate letters or newsprint from English. You will be able to do it yourself.
9. Helping the tourism in your area. Many countries are beginning to understand the importance of having a good command of the English language. For example: Portugal has been adjusting their requirement for teaching English in the public schools from the fifth grade to first grade. This small country is a great travel destination for historical value, Portuguese friendliness, and beautiful scenery. Apart from that though, travelers who experience communication problems with their basic Portuguese phrases rarely have to look far to see a child or young adult, who will gladly help them by translating. The translators’ stories of being able to “rescue” the foreigners make great conversation in their school or university the next day.
10. Meeting the minimum standards for your career position. The fields of international business and science are considered to have English as their designated language. In the aviation world, English is mandated for all airline control operators and air crew members. Some businesses, such as Japan’s Rakuten, are announcing their company’s official language of business will be English. Employees who do not have a minimal level of English within a certain time frame will be dismissed. So not having good English language skills can keep you from advancing in your career, but it can also cost you your job.
If you aren’t comfortable with your English skills, now is the time to learn. English is continuing to race to the forefront of the official languages in different industries, and you don’t want to be left behind. Start improving your English today!