I recently read these statistics that point to this necessity.
- World Population: 7,200,000,000
- Native Language Speakers: 4,100,000,000 (of world’s 23 most spoken languages)
- Native English Speakers: 527,000,000
- People Learning English: 1,500,000,000
- People Learning French: 82,000,000 (5.4% of those learning English)
- People Learning Chinese: 30,000,000 (2.0% of those learning English)
- People Learning Spanish: 14,500,000 (0.9% of those learning English)
- People Learning Japanese: 3,000,000
Much of the reason for this focus on English as the global language of business, news, culture and opportunity can be attributed to the amazing growth of online users and the rise of e-learning on the Internet, now at over 3.1 billion.
I can personally attest to the importance of learning another language: I studied French in school for 8 years and I still enjoy being able to speak the language when I travel to France or Canada. However, I have few opportunities to take advantage of this in my particular business. Knowing that the Chinese and Japanese languages are essential to my line of work, I wished that I had learned to speak and read them in school or that I had started learning them on my own earlier in my business career. My wife and I have often commented to our three sons in university that they should learn it and I will continue to encourage them to do so.
Consider where you would be in just two years if you followed through on a real commitment to learning English. A person could easily devote a minimum of 15-20 minutes each day to learn simple English. Then, after you have the basics, make a point of watching a Hollywood movie or 30-minute TV program each week, reading English content online and engaging in oral or written English conversations whenever possible, locally or globally. Test your language abilities by traveling to English-speaking countries, such as the U.S., England, Australia, Canada and Singapore. You can also join ChiKuu™, which follows the world’s most successful celebrities and translates their tweets, making the process of learning basic English both educational and entertaining.
The Interush IRIS Academy™ e-learning application is also another excellent way to learn conversational English. It was styled after the very best features of the highest quality online English language programs, as rated by the New York Times, one of the world’s most respected news media sources. Make a commitment to use the IRIS Academy application a few days a week, and work on growing your personal development skills and expanding your opportunities. This is the best way to avoid falling behind the growth of the 1.5 billion people who recognize the importance and life benefits of learning simple English language skills.
A world of languages. (2015, May 27). South China Morning Post. p. A18.
Statista. (2015). Number of worldwide internet users from 2000 to 2015. Assessed at: http://www.statista.com/statistics/273018/number-of-internet-users-worldwide/.