Why Learn English?

May 8, 2013 | Languages

Why learn English? This question is almost never asked, as the answer is so obvious.

English is indeed the most widely used language in the world. It is the language of business, tourism and diplomacy. Whether you are attending an international meeting or looking for a better job, speaking and understanding English is indispensable.

English is the national language of 106 countries in the world and French ranks second with 47 countries.

Here are some interesting facts about English:

  • There are currently more than one billion people who are in the process of learning English.
  • More than 400 million speak English as their native language and one-fifth of the world population can speak English with varying degrees of skill.
  • Surprisingly, there are more English speaking people in China than in the United States of America!
  • Did you know that about 80% of Internet home pages are written in English, while those in the second most used language of German make up 4.5% and those in Japanese come in third place with 3.1%?

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