Why Learning English Is Important

by Lauren Romano

If some of your loved ones are not fluent in English, it may be beneficial for you to explain to them the benefits of learning to read and speak the language. People may disagree about the importance of knowing English, but if you fully explain the opportunities that knowing English can provide, it may encourage them to start the learning process.

Jobs

Some businesses that deal with international clients and suppliers rely on English-speaking employees to help with day-to-day operations to interpret, translate and communicate directly with English-speaking customers and clients. Being fluent in English can improve employment opportunities.

Travel

Even if you go to another country where you don't speak the native tongue and the country's primary language is not English, you probably will be able to find someone who can speak at least a little English. According to FunEasyEnglish.com, more than 900 million people in the world are either native English speakers or speak English as a second language. If you know English, you have a chance to communicate almost anywhere you travel.

Children

Parents raising children in an English-speaking country may have a problem helping their children through school if they do not understand English. For example, if they send their children to school and the teacher does not speak their native language, parents are likely to have a problem communicating with the teacher. In addition, if the children have homework they do not understand, parents who don't understand English cannot help them.

Opportunities

In addition to job opportunities, there are other opportunities available for those who learn English. Learning English can improve the chances of being accepted into advanced training programs or colleges in English-speaking countries. Learning English also can expand the ability to access news and information, much of which is generated only in English.

Native Speakers

Even native speakers of English would do well to learn how to use the language properly. Many native speakers of English have trouble with vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation, which can greatly limit their ability to advance professionally or succeed in advanced training or education.

About the Author

Lauren Romano became a freelance writer in 2007. Her work appears on various websites and in print. Romano specializes in a variety of topics including dating, travel, New York City, decorating and budget living.

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