Do you want to know an interesting fact? Did you know that 1 in 5 people IN THE WORLD, can speak and/or understand English? In fact, English is the official language in 53 countries - that's a whole lot of people you can talk to!
There must be a reason WHY the English language is so popular. Let's take a closer look together. Keep reading...
1. Is English easier to learn than other languages?
Absolutely! First of all, English has a simple 26 letter alphabet compared to other languages, such as Japanese, which has 2 alphabet systems (hiragana & katakana) and 3 writing systems.
2. Do you think English can help you advance in your career?
You better believe it! There are increasing professional opportunities available if you are bilingual. It's something that more and more companies around the world are looking for in their employees. Guess who gets those international job positions and those salary raises? Yup, you guessed it - the bilingual people. English is THE platform for international business.
3. Do you watch YouTube? Are you on Facebook or Twitter?
It sounds like you really enjoy social media, networking and relationships. Did you know that the main language of social interaction is English! Yes, most countries have their own language but English is THE one language you can use to connect yourself with the entire world...(yeah, yeah, Facebook is useful too!)
4. Do you want to be young wild and free?
It's impossible to turn back the clock and get younger, but did you know that if you speak English, you can live anywhere, thrive anywhere and speak to anyone? People like this are given a cool name called, "global citizens." Sounds fancy I know, but just think. Wouldn't it be awesome to share your ideas and thoughts from your field of work with someone in Russia or even China? English gives you the freedom to go anywhere!
5. Looking for Love?
I have met so many international couples who have met each other through English. I've seen an American guy meet a Japanese girl using English. I've seen a Turkish girl meet a Brazilian guy using English. In my eyes, English has been the common language for love and happiness; and sometimes also divorce...but we won't talk about that here!
6. Do you fancy events such as the Running of the Bulls in Spain or Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
One thing is for sure - those events are unique, exciting and will pump your body full of adrenaline. By learning English, you will also learn about other cultures and become immersed in local communities. Few experiences will make you grow more as a person than discovering how the locals do things. Their ways of showing you gratitude and friendship, their everyday habits and their way of life, so different from yours,existed. It's hard to explain but ask anyone who has lived abroad and they will tell you that they returned home a changed person!
The world is indeed a beautiful place. Challenge yourself to be the best you can be and remember that your English doesn't have to be perfect. There is no such thing as "perfect" anyways. Get out there and have fun using the ultimate tool: English!
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