The Importance of the English Language in Today's World

Updated on July 12, 2015

Language

Language is our primary source of communication. It's the method through which we share our ideas and thoughts with others. Some people even say that language is what separates us from animals and makes us human.

There are thousands of languages in this world. Countries have their own national languages in addition to a variety of local languages spoken and understood by their people in different regions. Some languages are spoken by millions of people, others by only a few thousand.

Map of countries where English is either the national language or an official language.
Map of countries where English is either the national language or an official language. | Source

Why Learn English?

English was originally the language of England, but through the historical efforts of the British Empire it has become the primary or secondary language of many former British colonies such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and India. Currently, English is the primary language of not only countries actively touched by British imperialism, but also many business and cultural spheres dominated by those countries. It is the language of Hollywood and the language of international banking and business. As such, it is a useful and even necessary language to know.

English is the International Common Tongue

There are several factors that make the English language essential to communication in our current time. First of all, it is the most common foreign language. This means that two people who come from different countries (for example, a Mexican and a Swede) usually use English as a common language to communicate. That’s why everyone needs to learn the language in order to get in touch on an international level. Speaking it will help you communicate with people from countries all over the world, not just English-speaking ones.

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Education

English is also essential to the field of education. In many countries, children are taught and encouraged to learn English as a second language. Even in countries where it is not an official language, such as the Netherlands or Sweden, we will find many syllabi in science and engineering are written in English. Because it is the dominant language in the sciences, most of the research and studies you find in any given scientific field will be written in it as well. At the university level, students in many countries study almost all their subjects in English in order to make the material more accessible to international students.

List of Countries by English Speaking Population

(click column header to sort results)
Country  
% English Speakers  
Total English Speakers  
United States
94.2
298,444,149
India
10.35
125,226,449
Pakistan
49
92,316,049
Nigeria
53
82,941,000
United Kingdom
97.74
63,962,000
Philippines
56.63
57,292,884
Germany
64
51,584,000
Bangladesh
18
29,398,158
Canada
85.63
28,360,240
Egypt
35
28,101,325
France
39
25,500,000
Italy
34
20,300,000
Ghana
66.67
18,000,000
Australia
97.03
17,357,833
Thailand
27.16
17,121,187
South Africa
31
16,424,417
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_English-speaking_population

The Internet and Press

On the Internet, the majority of websites are written and created in English. Even sites in other languages often give you the option to translate the site. It's the primary language of the press: more newspapers and books are written in English than in any other language, and no matter where in the world you are, you will find some of these books and newspapers available. In fact, because it is so dominant in international communication, you will find more information regarding nearly every subject if you can speak this language.

Countries where English is either the national language or an official language.
Countries where English is either the national language or an official language. | Source

Resources Make Learning English Easy

Although many people think that it is very difficult and confusing, English is actually the easiest language of the world to learn because there are so many resources available. As soon as you decide you want to learn, there are thousands of resources on the Internet and in bookstores. I'm not just talking about lessons and grammar books. You can supplement traditional learning materials with children's TV shows and books. I suggest watching as much TV as you can, in English with English subtitles, and you will pick up conversational English in no time.

If you speak English, you can travel anywhere in the world.
If you speak English, you can travel anywhere in the world. | Source

Travel and Business

With good understanding and communication in English, you can travel around the globe. Because it is the international language for foreigners, it's easy to get assistance and help in every part of world. You can test it by online travel. Any travel booking site you can find will have English as a booking option.

English skills will also help you in any business venture you choose to follow. If you visit some offices, companies, governmental organizations, or even math or engineering companies, you will see the importance of English. Any big company will hire their professional staff after getting to know whether the people they are hiring are good at English or not. Companies who want to function at an international level only consider their staff well educated if they are good English speakers, writers, and readers.

Most of the world's commercial entertainment is in English.
Most of the world's commercial entertainment is in English. | Source

The Language of Hollywood

Everyone knows that Hollywood is in the United States, and that the biggest television and music industries in the world are based there. As I mentioned above, TV and movies are a great way to practice your English once you start learning. What's more, knowing English opens up thousands of movies, television shows, and games for your enjoyment. If you want to one day work in the entertainment industry, English is even more essential.

Those who are still unaware of the importance of English should start learning it, as a time will come when everything will be understood, spoken and written in English. In a lot of ways, that time is already here. Go ahead, watch some media, and get an idea of the language. You won't be disappointed.

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      sawera lakho 

      5 days ago

      there are so many grammer mistakes.

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      MAI 

      6 days ago

      THANK YOU

      VERY HELPFUL

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      Aissata 

      8 days ago

      Very good English is an important langage for me.

      Because it's a means for the comminucation

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      Ramprasad 

      10 days ago

      outstanding article...that help to understand the importance of English Language

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      17901088 

      10 days ago

      English has became one of the most important language in the word and it a communication language at the moment. English language has many penefets such as it is important to study in the university. Also it is important to travel any where in the world English is the basic language for the study some sciences medicine, economics and engineering. And it is an important to get a Jap.

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      17901325 

      10 days ago

      English is an important task as it helps us to obtain employment opportunities. Most of the functional articles are based on the English language. Also offers a variety of means of communication between different people as they are widely used in websites on the internet.

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      Outstanding article 

      12 days ago

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      Lychee Biase 

      4 weeks ago

      Add Your Comment..Wow! that's incredible .Thank you so much to simplify the importance of knowing English. I was struggling a lot because here at school they are against it .proponents claim that we should consider our mother tongue first.

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      4 weeks ago

      Nice speech sir...for everyone. .jsk

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      4 weeks ago

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      Sevara Khudoyberdieva 

      5 weeks ago

      In my mind, currently, the mostly used language is English. In every sphere we can see its influence. That's why we should know it

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      5 weeks ago

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      6 weeks ago

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      6 weeks ago

      Sir it is the best topic

      But can you please write a motivational and inspiring topic about english which make the people

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      6 weeks ago

      USEFUL SPEECH SIR

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      6 weeks ago

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      7 weeks ago

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      7 weeks ago

      English is important of life ...thanks a lot sir

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      8 weeks ago

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      2 months ago

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      2 months ago

      it's very useful for the students to learn it fastly as well in different assignments too.

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      2 months ago

      It's very useful information one can easily understand well... Thanks a lot

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      2 months ago

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      2 months ago

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      2 months ago

      I want to learn English very hardly.

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      2 months ago

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      2 months ago

      I know a little bit of english important but i need more

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      2 months ago

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      2 months ago

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      2 months ago

      I WANT SOME WHAT INTRESTING TOPICS ABOUT HOW ENGLISH IS IMPORTANT IN OUR LIFE AND IN FUTURE..

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      Shaik Asif 

      2 months ago

      English is a such a language with this language we can go to a higher position or higher stage without English we were nothing in this modern world.

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      Hlc 

      2 months ago

      Thanks

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      2 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      Romain56 

      3 months ago

      It is impossible to avoid English. I come from a French speaking town, Brussels, with a lot of people from all over the world coming to work there. So when I do my stage, I see that English is absolutely necessary for getting a good job. Everbody tells me that. And also for music and for movies, English is necessary. I learned a lot since 4 years. I read on the BBC learning English website whenever I can. I have a online grammar book when I have some time to spend and for two years, I took evening lessons at a school with English teachers, the www.englishacademy.be and so on.

      I now am looking for a real job. I graduated last month as an engineer and when I apply for a job, everybody asks for English skills.

      So I keep on practising. Even typing this post is useful practice! :-)

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      3 months ago

      English is everything in my life

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

      According to me without English there is nothing in the present time

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

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      3 months ago

      thanks a lot.

      english language is most important in our life

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      Thobani L Dlamini(sdudla-eJajini) 

      3 months ago

      Thanks a lot, but the indigenous languages should not be forgotten. I'm a Zulu person and i love speaking isiZulu.

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      3 months ago

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      4 months ago

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      4 months ago

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      4 months ago

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      4 months ago

      English is most eligible for our life

      "IAM A MALAYALI"

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      4 months ago

      it's age of english

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      4 months ago

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      4 months ago

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      4 months ago

      I love english very much..im srilankan.

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      4 months ago

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      4 months ago

      English is important but not more important hindi

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      4 months ago

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      5 months ago

      ÇAN YOU GIVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CENTRAL ASIA''S ENGLISH SPEAKERS. PLEASE

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

      Really informative. Though we are glocal now, we cannot underestimate the relevance of English

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

      now English is an international language.I learn and love it,

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

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      5 months ago

      According to my own point of view English language today is the international language and language of technology it's now day is very important language in all over the world.

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      5 months ago

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