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The Significance of English in Today's World

Have you ever felt frustrated at having to keep up with fast-paced subtitles to understand the plot twist of a Hollywood blockbuster? Yup, we’ve all been there. English is the official language in over 53 countries, which makes it the most commonly spoken language in the world. Much of the world’s top books, music and movies are published and produced in this universal language. And did you know that more than 55% of the world’s web pages are written in, yes you guessed it – English! By knowing English, one gains access to a vast wealth of entertainment and an incredible amount of information.

Learning English provides you with the best of both worlds; personal and professional fulfillment. Intrigued to find out more?

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1. It will boost your confidence
– Whether you’re socialising at a party or enjoying a meal at a fancy restaurant, being able to communicate in English as well as being able to keep up with the conversation around the table is definitely one way of feeling confident enough. If your English speaking skills aren’t up to scratch, chances are you might feel isolated and uncomfortable.

2. It is an entry requirement – More and more international students are choosing to study in the UK and other European countries to receive quality higher education. Whether you are looking to enrol for a bachelor’s degree from Anglia Ruskin University or the University of Lincoln, or if you are aiming higher for an MBA from the University of the West of Scotland, almost all top universities in the UK and around the globe asks you to be competent in the English language; in fact it’s a mandatory requirement. As an added afterthought, you must also consider that securing a strong degree from a respected UK university offers a huge number of opportunities in itself and will have you stand out from the ever competitive job market.

3. It is essential for career development – Being fluent in English opens up a lot of possibilities for you in terms of overseas job opportunities that you might consider pursuing. International brands such as Nokia, Airbus, Daimler-Chrysler, Renault, SAP, Samsung, Technicolour and Microsoft have made English as their official corporate language. In 2010, Rakuten, a Japanese company with a similar business concept to Amazon, made it mandatory for their Japanese employees to be able to speak English.
Certain job opportunities such as travel and tourism would require you to travel abroad or gain international exposure. While this may be an exciting career to pursue, it would require you to possess a certain level of proficiency in English. In other words, having good English speaking skills will open many exciting doors for you to choose from after you graduate from university.

4. It is known as the ‘’language of business’’ – It’s not hard to see why. Research has shown that cross-border business communication is conducted in English more often than not and many international companies expect employees to be fluent in English. If you’re the only one in your team who can speak English, you may find yourself being put forward to attend important meetings, advancing yourself up the career ladder in the process. If you are in the sales industry, you will be able to assist English-speaking customers, make sales and enjoy great commissions. This will also provide you with a wonderful opportunity to form relationships with overseas customers and build your network.

Overall, English is a pretty straightforward language, which makes it easier to master than other languages such as Korean or French. You will not find any complicated symbols, characters or have to deal with different accents. And no matter how important you may be, everyone is addressed as ‘’you’’ – there are no variations to portray informality or professionalism. So if you are aiming to learn a new language, why not English? Have we convinced you yet? If you’ve been inspired to learn English, consider enrolling for one of our English programmes:

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