Importance of English Language

The Eng­lish lan­guage is one of the most widely used lan­guages in today’s world. It is either spo­ken or under­stood, at least to a basic degree in many coun­tries. Most of the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tion, sci­en­tific jour­nals, higher edu­ca­tion, peri­od­i­cals and books and the inter­net rely on Eng­lish as their pri­mary lan­guage. Why so impor­tant in today’s con­text? Why must one learn Eng­lish to be com­pet­i­tive and suc­cess­ful? We explore such ques­tions in this article.

Eng­lish is impor­tant in the cur­rent sce­nario due to its wide accep­tance. Except in a few coun­tries, Eng­lish is an offi­cial lan­guage if not the national lan­guage. Nev­er­the­less, it is widely spo­ken and under­stood around the world. So if your career involves trav­el­ing to var­i­ous coun­tries or if you want to pur­sue higher stud­ies in an Eng­lish speak­ing coun­try, it is imper­a­tive that you must have pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish language.

A work­ing knowl­edge of Eng­lish is essen­tial for a tourist. If you are stuck in a for­eign coun­try and need assis­tance, there is a high prob­a­bil­ity of Eng­lish being under­stood by a local. After all, you can­not expect to learn the lan­guage of every coun­try you visit.

A well-rounded knowl­edge of Eng­lish with strong com­pre­hen­sion skills is essen­tial for a stu­dent who wishes to pur­sue his/her higher stud­ies in an Anglo­phone (Eng­lish speak­ing) coun­try. In fact, most uni­ver­si­ties expect the prospec­tive stu­dent to clear a stan­dard­ized Eng­lish test as part of their appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dure. Some widely accepted and pop­u­lar tests are TOEFL (Test of Eng­lish as a For­eign Lan­guage) and IELTS (Inter­na­tional Eng­lish Lan­guage Test­ing Sys­tem). Although most uni­ver­si­ties accept either score, it is advis­able to check the prospec­tus to know which test is pre­ferred by uni­ver­sity. Also, most of the sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal higher edu­ca­tion is imparted in Eng­lish. Most of the sci­en­tific jour­nals and research papers are pub­lished in Eng­lish to achieve greater read­er­ship. So a poor knowl­edge of Eng­lish would be a disadvantage.

Impec­ca­ble Eng­lish knowl­edge and the abil­ity to artic­u­late your­self well are cru­cial to suc­ceed in the com­pet­i­tive busi­ness world. With multi-million dol­lar deals being signed over power lunches and pre­sen­ta­tion meet­ings, it is essen­tial that you are able to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively in both one to one meet­ings or in dis­cus­sions with groups of peo­ple. In case the del­e­gates or clients are from diverse cul­tures, the com­mon plat­form for com­mu­ni­ca­tion is often, Eng­lish. A sound knowl­edge of Eng­lish honed through train­ing and dili­gent prac­tice will enable you to put forth your point in a clear, under­stand­able and con­fi­dent man­ner to your client, supe­rior or colleague.

Each coun­try has its own lan­guage (and at times mul­ti­ple lan­guages) rep­re­sent­ing an inte­gral part of its cul­ture and her­itage. How­ever in today’s global vil­lage your per­sonal or pro­fes­sional goals may lead you to coun­tries with native Eng­lish speak­ers. Pos­si­bly you may need to inter­act with cross cul­tural teams in your work. In such sce­nar­ios your knowl­edge of Eng­lish comes to your res­cue. There­fore a good knowl­edge of Eng­lish will lead to the path of success.

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