The English language is undoubtedly the world-wide spoken language. It is omnipresent around the globe. The significance of this language is seen and felt everywhere. Being deprived of the capacity of speaking English causes someone to lag behind in every walk of life. Its knowledge makes an individual become a citizen of the world and opens up numerous doors in life.
The Importance of English language
Culture: English fosters healthy cultural interaction as it is recognized universally. Learning English cultivates bonds of friendship, comprehension, and peace among different people and cultures.
Travel: English can be considered as a survival skill. In a situation where a person fails to understand the native language of a far off locality, he/she can have recourse to English language as the latter will surely come across someone who will understand this particular language. Learning English is imperative since it is the world’s favorite language and is known to be a useful tool in different situations regardless of age for example. The ability to speak English is far more rewarding for those who love travelling. In many countries, most tourism authorities in contact with the public speak English to interact and engage with tourists.
Digital Era: With the advancement occurred in language-translation software and allied technologies, the key language of the World Wide Web is English. It is indeed the language of latest-version applications and programs, social media networks and websites. Furthermore Software guidebooks, hardware-installation manuals and entertainment appliances generally are available in English first before being made available in other languages.
According to the British council, about ¾ of the world’s mail is written in English. Estimates suggest that 36% of the internet’s 200 million users communicate in English – a number which rises daily since more and more people become frequent internet users.
Literacy: Since English is the primary language of books and newspapers around the globe, being apt in reading and understanding English create a new dimension in enjoying the historical achievements of English literature. It is of no doubt more enjoyable to read books such as Dickens, Milton, Hardy, Locke, Blake etc in their original language.
Lucky are those who got the chance to acquire the English language during their school journey and those who are less fortunate and especially the 3rd age people, will actually have the golden opportunity to be acquainted to the English language (written and spoken) at the U3AM. It is crystal clear that the benefits and copious positive points about learning the English language far outweigh any effort required to learn it.