The importance of English in today’s world

Six great reasons to start learning English today.

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If you’re thinking about learning a language and don’t already speak English fluently, you’ll probably hear people say that English is the most important language to learn. But why exactly should you believe them?

We’re here to tell you just that.

Here are the 6 most important reasons to learn English

1. Widely spoken

When considering why learning English is important, this is perhaps the biggest factor you should consider. One in five people in the world (the whole world!) can speak, or at least understand, English. It’s a very handy language for travel and communication.

2. Career booster

As the primary language of business, it is important – no, imperative – to know how to speak English when talking to international colleagues or customers. Having English language skills increases your chances of getting a good job, whether in a multinational company or working abroad.

3. Not that hard (no, really!)

While the vocabulary and pronunciation can be a bit difficult to learn, English grammar is easier compared to other European languages. There are only two genders, one definite and indefinite article, and cases don't really matter at all...

4. Valuable for education

Where do you want to study? Have you ever considered studying abroad? Countries like the United States and the United Kingdom are home to some of the world's most greatest universities and colleges. And even in non-English speaking countries, there are thousands of good schools around the globe offering their programmes in English. Which means learning English might mean accessing a better education.

5. Rich in literature & popular culture

Ever heard a song and wished you could learn the lyrics, or been frustrated by a bad dub of a TV show or film? Or maybe you’ve wanted to experience the works of masterful English writers, from J.K. Rowling to Stephen King to Jane Austen, in their original language. Learn English, you’ll finally be able to listen to, watch and read your favourite songs, TV and books in their original form.

6. Digital door-opener

Last, but certainly not least, most of the content available on the internet is in English. From YouTube videos to podcasts and websites, there’s so much content out there that isn’t always translated into other languages. Learning the language will allow you to access information that otherwise may not be available to you

Want to be even more desirable to employers?

Busuu can help! Here’s how:

  • Learn English with our “Complete” course
  • Practise speaking in a group with our online English classes
  • Earn an official McGraw Hill certificate
  • Add the certificate to your LinkedIn profile and the languages section of your CV

A new certificate in English will alert your manager or potential future employers to your impressive English skills.