The language of the world
Today, English is called the “language of the world” because English is the language used internationally. This positioning came about from the times when the British Empire was out and about colonizing the world.
The after effect? Well, there are influences of Great Britain in countries such as America, Australia, India, and other countries around the world. Apart from being a language used for colonization, it was also used for trading, diplomacy, and international business.
Today the importance of English can be seen in the fields of science, technology, tourism, and countless other areas.
Three industries where knowing English is a must
1. Academic Field
In the scientific world, possessing a certain level of understanding of the English language is necessary. The understanding of English in this field will enable researchers to access intellectual resources from all over the world. Most scientific literature present online is usually only available in English.
An unspoken rule among all researchers is the aim of gaining international recognition rather than just national recognition. To be a part of the international pool, researchers often publish their academic work in their native language. This is then supplemented by an English version.
At the university level, this is very common with a thesis. However, at a professional level, the only publication in English is accepted. This is so because most journals committees are English based. The English language has become one of the main characteristics that employers actively seek when recruiting in this industry.
2. Technology Industry
Using a single language as the primary technology language has streamlined computer processing. In this industry, the commands for many programs are in English. Because the commands were written in English, a program might not respond to other languages. To be able to understand the command in another language, it must be reprogrammed to those languages.
In fact, most of the technological products that you use were first created with an English interface. After which, it is then upgraded with other languages for support. When a program is in another language, there is a high chance that the base level has been programmed in English from the start.
Also, a vast majority of information on the internet is in English. Even a lot of computer ‘jargon’ has come from words or is an acronym of an English expression.
It is important to mention that most IT companies do recruitment in an international way. Even though international companies are multicultural, you will find that English is the working language of the company.
3. Tourism Industry
It has already been established that English is the most widely spoken foreign language throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Therefore, travelling becomes so much easier when you know some English.
In the area of international travel, you will often notice that: road signs, and airport announcements. restaurant menus, signs in shop windows, and safety instructions are often in English. Even books and channels of entertainment are dubbed in English for tourists like you.
Today, the tourism sector represents a significant part of a country’s economy. Therefore, employees in this industry need to be fully prepared to meet the demands made by their clients. With communication being very important in this sector, English shines again as the widely accepted “language of the world”.
As you can see, learning English can open up a large number of doors. Especially doors that would normally be closed. Whether it is about research, technological products or simply travelling, English is a language that puts itself at the top.
I hope this article gets you thinking about how English is being used around you.
Thanks for reading! Until next time learnwithscience!
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