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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        2 days ago

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        Amaka 

        9 days ago

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        2 weeks ago

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        2 weeks ago

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        3 weeks ago

        very very useful Information for Importance of English.Thank you.

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        3 weeks ago

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        4 weeks ago

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        4 weeks ago

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        5 weeks ago

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        7 weeks ago

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        Lateef zaibi 

        8 weeks ago

        English has got the status of International language. In the present age of quickest communication, its importance has became still greater. With the arrival of Internet, the whole world has shrunken into a global village. The language of this global village is "English''

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

        by English language skills

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        Rishi sayegal 

        2 months ago

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        Manoj kr singh 

        2 months ago

        There is very disopionment me people of india english speak 10% only .

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        anastacia s 

        3 months ago

        what is the main idea

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        santosh n 

        3 months ago

        english speaking analysis percentage per country in that india u are shown lagged behind pakistan and Bangladesh is wrong.india is always ahead of pakistan in english speaking .

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        carl marx 

        3 months ago

        you need to learn english, to make the Americans comunists

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        N JEEBANJYOTI 

        4 months ago

        It help me very to complete my assignment

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        4 months ago

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        4 months ago

        This is very good to us and tanks

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        We like English so much, No English No Progress. 

        4 months ago

        We like it

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        Nimmi 

        5 months ago

        This help me so much.. Thanks

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        erwin 

        5 months ago

        role of english language in global communication? pls help me

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        5 months ago

        great, its really usefull

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        6 months ago

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        6 months ago

        well done

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        Mathew Isinoke 

        7 months ago

        Thankyou very much

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        Subham 

        7 months 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 

        8 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 

        8 months ago

        Very good.this helped me so much.

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        lidya 

        8 months ago

        Very good

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        Felipe Marques Ferreira 

        8 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 

        9 months ago

        This are useful for me

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        iamhuonggiang 

        9 months ago

        what is the original of english? help me

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        D.Ganesh 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 months ago

        Great

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        ari 

        9 months ago

        great!!

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        Mahbubkhon Tajikistan 

        9 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 

        9 months ago

        Absolutely good.

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        huns raj 

        10 months ago

        so useful for students

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        juwairiyah 

        10 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 

        10 months ago

        Best words

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        Usman 

        10 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 

        11 months ago

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

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        shayan 

        11 months ago

        English is very important for us

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        Suresh 

        11 months ago

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

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        Dilshod 

        11 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 

        11 months ago

        ENGLISH IS A LANGUAGE OF ENJOYMENT.....

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        Kone Assana 

        11 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 

        11 months ago

        Nice useful

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        sardar Ahmed 

        11 months ago

        carry on

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        Bouna 

        11 months ago

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

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        javid ah 

        11 months ago

        Thanx sir

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        ruhit.akhtar.786@gmail.com 

        11 months ago

        Absolutely right.its so informative

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        Ashutosh 

        11 months ago

        Thankyou for this information

        And this is good to know

        English

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        V.s 

        11 months ago

        English is essential for us .

        That's good

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        Santhosh 

        12 months ago

        Good and informative .so useful .

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        RAnyAAAA 

        12 months ago

        yeahhh!, thx man

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        Tanu jaiswar 

        12 months ago

        Thanku sir for making my work easy

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        pullurugangireddypullurupavani@gmail.com 

        12 months ago

        It is nice but the matter is more

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        Mj 

        12 months ago

        English is very important in our life

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        Mahmoud 

        12 months ago

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

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        sohal khan 

        12 months ago

        boooo

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        Tarar Ngwe Chei 

        12 months ago

        Nice!

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        fun 

        13 months ago

        Uncool

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        Muskan 

        13 months ago

        Thank you

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        Ann 

        13 months ago

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

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        Ann 

        13 months ago

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

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        Hasan 

        13 months ago

        Sir it is very useful

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        Gulchemen 

        13 months ago

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

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        Fathima 

        13 months ago

        Love this information

        Thank you so much bro

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        Rajdeep kaur 

        13 months ago

        I love english so much

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        kk 

        13 months ago

        Thanks to ... useful information.

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

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        Verry 

        13 months ago

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

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        Matias Quembo 

        14 months ago

        useful information

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        sawera lakho 

        14 months ago

        there are so many grammer mistakes.

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        MAI 

        14 months ago

        THANK YOU

        VERY HELPFUL

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        Aissata 

        14 months ago

        Very good English is an important langage for me.

        Because it's a means for the comminucation

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        Ramprasad 

        14 months ago

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

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        17901088 

        14 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 

        14 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 

        14 months ago

        Outstanding article

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        Rajeshwari panda 

        14 months ago

        Nice article

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        shiva 

        14 months ago

        nice

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        Lychee Biase 

        15 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 

        15 months ago

        Nice speech sir...for everyone. .jsk

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        Vaishika Magesh 

        15 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 

        15 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 

        15 months ago

        It was very useful for me .

        Thanks a lot

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        Talha 

        15 months ago

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

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