Reasons to learn English
Here are a few reasons to learn English (some serious, some less so). This is not an exhaustive list. These suggestions were compiled on 16th June 2010 from a (non-representative) team of 18 people with a variety of nationalities who were asked the question, "Why should you learn English ?"
Reasons to learn English:
- To advance at work
- To understand 1,400,000,000 people around the world
- Because not everyone speaks Chinese
- Because the Beatles didn't sing in Russian
- To speak English, quite simply
- It's important to learn English because it's the language used in aeronautics, at science conferences and in international politics
- For travelling
- Learning English can be a good way to make new friends
- For understanding books in English and certain instruction manuals
- For flirting with English girls (or to pose as an Australian student or New Zealander in a small-town night club)
More reasons to learn English:
- So that you can answer 'yes' when asked 'Do you want to learn English?'
- Because it's easy (or because it's hard)
- Learning English is important because English is the official language of at least 75 countries around the world
- To make your brain work hard
- To watch the original versions of 'Scarface', 'Friends' or 'Lost' without feeling 'lost'
- To become a pop star or bartender in Ibiza
- To understand the lyrics of songs in English and stop mumbling along
- So you don't have to learn German
- To be able to work abroad
- Learning English is important when you know that 56% of websites are in English
- To tell English people (in English): 'I told you we'd beat you in football!'
- Because English is a language of the future : French as well as German, Finnish and Czech are destined to disappear. Only English, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic will be left
Even more reasons to learn English:
- To be good at karaoke
- To know what 'to iron' means
- To know what to say to the Queen of England if I ever run into her randomly at a cocktail party or a polo match
- Because you've been asked to learn it(!), and because it would make the entire Gymglish team very happy.