Why you should learn English..

Distribution

English is the most widely spoken language in the world based on the distribution of native speakers.

  • There are over 400 million native English speakers worldwide.

  • There are over 500 million speakers of English as a second or foreign language.

900 million people using English, out of a total world population of about 6.7 billion people, is only 15% of the total population. Then why is English so important? The importance of English is not in the number of speakers, but what English is used for.

Communication, Friends

  • English is the main language in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

  • In many countries, English is widely used, particularly among people who have no other language in common, even though English is not the main language of the country. For example, English is widely used in Hong Kong, Singapore, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Malaysia. In these countries, it is often used as a means of communication between people who use different dialects of their native languages.

  • English is studied as a foreign language in countries even though it is not used as a means of communication.

  • In China, English language lessons are popular. Two hundred fifty million Chinese, are learning English on TV.

  • English is the most commonly taught foreign language.

  • Now online communities like My Space, YouTube, etc., offer people a way to make friends around the world and practice speaking English.

Entertainment

  • Popular culture has played an important part in spreading English.

  • American and British popular music are heard all over the world.

  • American movies are seen in almost every country.

  • Books in English are available even in countries where few people actually use English.

  • It is used for books, music and dance.

  • One reason that students give for learning English is to understand these songs, movies and books.

Travel

  • English is spoken in large hotels and tourist attractions, at airports, and in shops that tourists frequent.

  • Tours are almost always available in English. Even in countries where few people speak English on the street, people who work with tourists generally speak English. In some countries even drivers of buses or streetcars and sellers at newsstands speak English well.