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WHY WE LEARN ENGLISH

People began to speak many centuries ago, and since then they have been speaking different languages. Every language reflects the soul, behaviour and temperament of each nationality. Peoples created their own alphabets and rules, but they always wanted to communicate with each other, to understand and to know more about each other. Languages help people to understand each other better, they help them to solve different economic and political problems, which stands before them, and so people learn foreign languages.

All languages are different. Some are very hard, some are easier, some are similar, but there are no identical languages in the whole world. There are more than 2 700 languages in the world. Many of them are “alive” because people use them, but there are some “dead” languages, for example Latin.

Two thousand years ago, Latin was the world’s most important international language. Today this title belongs to English. It’s a global language of travel, business, pop culture, sport and science.

Over one billion people speak English. That’s almost one fifth of the world’s population. For over 400 million it’s their first language. For the other 600 million it’s either a second language or a foreign language.

Today, in fact, over 250 million people are learning English. That’s more than the population of the USA.

The average person in Britain has a vocabulary of between 10 000 and 15 000 words. In his plays William Shakespeare used a vocabulary of about 30 000 words. Shakespeare was born over 400 years ago. At that time, only six or seven million people spoke English.

Now English is spoken practically all over the world, it has become the world’s most important language in politics, science, trade and cultural relations. It is spoken as a mother tongue in Great Britain, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Besides, a lot of people speak English in Japan, India, China, Africa and many other countries. English is one of the official languages of the United Nation Organization, Half of the world’s scientific literature is in English. It is the language of computer technology.

To my mind, English is worth studying. There is a proverb: “A new language is a new world”. “Knowledge is a power”, one great man said. Speaking a foreign language one can not only read the papers, magazines and original books by outstanding writers, but watch satellite programmes, travel easily to different parts of the world. Besides, understanding and speaking a foreign language is necessary while applying for a good and well-paid job.

Now I know the world is getting smaller and tighter. So without doubt, you can’t do without learning this beautiful language.

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