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

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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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        yap 

        3 weeks ago

        good

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        sachini 

        4 weeks ago

        well done

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        Mathew Isinoke 

        7 weeks ago

        Thankyou very much

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        Subham 

        7 weeks ago

        English is very important in our day to day life because English is mostly used to communicate all over the world. If we go to any big companies to take a job, they will first see your way or skill of English you speak. It is also understood by many people in the world, as it is the international language. We must give most priority to English as a Second most important language after our mother tongue language.

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        Christy Jeniffer 

        2 months ago

        Brillant! I want this for my school competition and this is perfect for it. I hope I win. Thank you so much

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        Robinson 

        2 months ago

        Very good.this helped me so much.

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        lidya 

        2 months ago

        Very good

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        Felipe Marques Ferreira 

        2 months ago

        Of course that English is a universal language and unites the world without borders. But, the main problem is that some students that study English at school don't speak English they are taught at school but they don't practice with someone.

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        Diana 

        3 months ago

        This are useful for me

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        iamhuonggiang 

        3 months ago

        what is the original of english? help me

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        D.Ganesh 

        3 months ago

        learning English is essential for everyone in the world for three reason. first of all,English is an international language,so all people from different countries can communicate with each other. English languge help us to learn about other cultures and it makes people closer to eachother from one country to another country. secondly, English is easy to learn. there are alots of resources available on internet and we can find variety of educational resources on internet easily, so it makes easy for everyone to learn English. third ,English is essential in the field of education. in most universities of the world English is requirement,so people tought and encouraged thier children to learn english. to sum up,people learn English because it is an international language, easy ,and necessary in university

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        D.ganesh 

        3 months ago

        English is essential for everyone in the world for three reason. first of all,English is an international language,so all people from different countries can communicate with each other. English languge help us to learn about other cultures and it makes people closer to eachother from one country to another country. secondly, English is easy to learn. there are alots of resources available on internet and we can find

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        Abdulsatar 

        3 months ago

        learning English is essential for everyone in the world for three reason. first of all,English is an international language,so all people from different countries can communicate with each other. English languge help us to learn about other cultures and it makes people closer to eachother from one country to another country. secondly, English is easy to learn. there are alots of resources available on internet and we can find variety of educational resources on internet easily, so it makes easy for everyone to learn English. third ,English is essential in the field of education. in most universities of the world English is requirement,so people tought and encouraged thier children to learn english. to sum up,people learn English because it is an international language, easy ,and necessary in university

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        Semai 

        3 months ago

        Great

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        ari 

        3 months ago

        great!!

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        Mahbubkhon Tajikistan 

        3 months ago

        It is serious and melodious. I offer to invest and support NGOs which are teaching English In developing countries

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        Arshu 

        3 months ago

        Absolutely good.

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        huns raj 

        4 months ago

        so useful for students

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        juwairiyah 

        4 months ago

        thanks for giving such beautiful thoughts it inspired me alot and check whether this text is correct or not.

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        Hamza naeem 

        4 months ago

        Best words

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        Usman 

        4 months ago

        It is not the importance of english language and when did in pakistan 50 percent people speak in english kind of not the thing I was founding

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        Mohammdi 

        5 months ago

        English language is very importan, because we can't connect with foreign country without it.

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        shayan 

        5 months ago

        English is very important for us

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        Suresh 

        5 months ago

        English is very important on international language . Because we can communication each other come to different countries.

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        Dilshod 

        5 months ago

        In my opinion. English language is very beatiful for me..

        moreover English is the importance of education in the world and more languages world

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        VASU VISPUTE 

        5 months ago

        ENGLISH IS A LANGUAGE OF ENJOYMENT.....

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        Kone Assana 

        5 months ago

        As for me english is an important language in the world and more spoken language.Thank to english we can find all our news on english sites and i encourage those people who can not speake inglish .

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        Trisha singh 

        5 months ago

        Nice useful

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        sardar Ahmed 

        5 months ago

        carry on

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        Bouna 

        5 months ago

        I would definitely admit that today English is what unites the World.

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        javid ah 

        5 months ago

        Thanx sir

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        ruhit.akhtar.786@gmail.com 

        5 months ago

        Absolutely right.its so informative

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        Ashutosh 

        5 months ago

        Thankyou for this information

        And this is good to know

        English

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        V.s 

        5 months ago

        English is essential for us .

        That's good

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        Santhosh 

        6 months ago

        Good and informative .so useful .

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        RAnyAAAA 

        6 months ago

        yeahhh!, thx man

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        Tanu jaiswar 

        6 months ago

        Thanku sir for making my work easy

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        6 months ago

        It is nice but the matter is more

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        Mj 

        6 months ago

        English is very important in our life

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        Mahmoud 

        6 months ago

        English is an important language to communicate with the rest of the world, Thanks!

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        sohal khan 

        6 months ago

        boooo

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        Tarar Ngwe Chei 

        6 months ago

        Nice!

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        fun 

        7 months ago

        Uncool

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        Muskan 

        7 months ago

        Thank you

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        Ann 

        7 months ago

        Thanks .. English.... is very useful... for ..

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        Ann 

        7 months ago

        Thanks..... for.... this..... sir....

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        Hasan 

        7 months ago

        Sir it is very useful

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        Gulchemen 

        7 months ago

        Thanks. English is very need in my life. I love learn English and another international languages

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        Fathima 

        7 months ago

        Love this information

        Thank you so much bro

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        Rajdeep kaur 

        7 months ago

        I love english so much

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        kk 

        7 months ago

        Thanks to ... useful information.

        English is the most important language. it is very useful our study.

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        Verry 

        7 months ago

        Verry useful information for project assignment ect .... Thanks

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        Matias Quembo 

        8 months ago

        useful information

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        sawera lakho 

        8 months ago

        there are so many grammer mistakes.

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        MAI 

        8 months ago

        THANK YOU

        VERY HELPFUL

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        Aissata 

        8 months ago

        Very good English is an important langage for me.

        Because it's a means for the comminucation

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        Ramprasad 

        8 months ago

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

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        17901088 

        8 months 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 

        8 months 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 

        8 months ago

        Outstanding article

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        Rajeshwari panda 

        8 months ago

        Nice article

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        shiva 

        8 months ago

        nice

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        Lychee Biase 

        9 months 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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        Kusum 

        9 months ago

        Nice speech sir...for everyone. .jsk

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        Vaishika Magesh 

        9 months ago

        It wud be good to have some powerful points.. It would help out a lot especially for students

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        Sevara Khudoyberdieva 

        9 months 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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        masi 

        9 months ago

        It was very useful for me .

        Thanks a lot

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        Talha 

        9 months ago

        Nice speech....it really helps me alot....

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        Neeraj Roy 

        9 months ago

        Sir it is the best topic

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        Farhad 

        9 months 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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        AMILA ISURU 

        9 months ago

        USEFUL SPEECH SIR

        THANKS A LOT

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        Sana fathima 

        9 months ago

        Very good and useful speech

        Thanks a lot sir

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        9 months ago

        Tnx a lot

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        Bhairav Naiek 

        9 months ago

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

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        Suyog Adhikari 

        9 months ago

        Nice.... very useful

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        Yash 

        9 months ago

        Very helpful.... Thanks

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        Pawani sharma 

        10 months ago

        It is the best speech i have ever seen on internet

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        Benju Giri 

        10 months ago

        VERY USEFUL.....THANKS A LOT...

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        binita k.c. 

        10 months ago

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

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        Sanjay More 

        10 months ago

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

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        Karina 

        10 months ago

        It is so nice. Thanks for your good essay. Love it....

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        MANVI 

        10 months ago

        Thanks a lot

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        Sitora 

        10 months ago

        I want to learn English very hardly.

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        Naina 

        10 months ago

        Thnx sir . It helps me a lot

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        mighty 

        10 months ago

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

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        arsalan 

        10 months ago

        thanks its so good information

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        Tharu 

        10 months ago

        Of course,itz an interesting essay.love this :)

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        GUNNA LAKSHMI 

        10 months ago

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

        THANKS

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        Shaik Asif 

        10 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 

        10 months ago

        Thanks

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        Jo 

        10 months ago

        Its really good essay for me ..thanks

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        shakti 

        11 months ago

        thanks and that help me a lot

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        Lathika 

        11 months ago

        Me toooo guys

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        11 months ago

        nice for me

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        11 months ago

        ok but no bad

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        11 months ago

        good

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        Romain56 

        11 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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        Sini Samson 

        11 months ago

        English is everything in my life

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        11 months ago

        that helped me a lot

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        Prabhat shrama 

        11 months ago

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

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