When you’re thinking about which language to learn, how do you choose? After all, there are more than 7,000 languages in the world!
If you’re looking for a very useful language, then English might be the way to go. Trust us: It’s the most common second language in the world for good reason!
English is found almost everywhere! There are more than 60 English-speaking countries and well over a billion English speakers across the globe.
Let’s discuss some specific ways English fluency can benefit you!
1. You can travel more easily
What do you do if you’re in a country where no one speaks your language? Try English! Because it’s so widespread (around one in four people can speak or understand English), there’s a good chance it’ll help you communicate when you travel. From checking in at a hotel to getting directions to ordering at a restaurant, English can help you out!
2. You’ll have an advantage in business
Speaking English is a major benefit in business. As more and more companies become global to compete with one another, many of them are using English as their lingua franca (common language) when conducting business. That means that if you want to be hired—and be successful—you’ll have to know English to do all sorts of things, such as meeting with clients, researching, and even doing social media marketing.
3. You’ll be able to enjoy more entertainment
A lot of popular movies, TV shows, songs, and books are in English. In fact, one study of more than 8700 movies showed that over 81% of movies featured English as one of their main languages. So, if you don’t want to wait for the translation of a book, read subtitles in a movie, or guess the meaning of a popular song, work on your English fluency! You’ll be able to enjoy more entertainment in its original form.
4. You’ll have access to more information online
If you’re one of the 4.57 billion active internet users in the world, English can offer you a huge advantage. Did you know that about 54% of websites are in English, and 25% of internet users speak English? By mastering the language, you’ll have access to more information, and be able to communicate with more people worldwide!
5. You can study where you want
By becoming fluent in English, you’ll have more choices when it comes to post-secondary education. Pass an English proficiency test—TOEFL, Cambridge, or IELTS, for example—and you’ll be ready to apply to English-speaking universities all over the world!
English fluency can help you in various ways—these are only a few! Keep working to improve your skills and watch your opportunities grow!