The Benefits of Learning English

This month question is:

What are the benefits of learning English?

This question was sent to us by Sam who would like to know the benefits for Indonesians who want to learn English.

There are a lot of benefits for a person to spend the time to learn English both in Indonesia and around the world.

1. There are many governments, organizations and universities in Canada, US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, India and other countries which give scholarships to Indonesian students, and to be accepted into these programs it is essential that you can understand and speak English.

2. Getting a great job is a lot easier when you can speak English. Every year there are thousands of students who graduate from Indonesian universities which makes a lot of competition for jobs but if you can speak English many companies, especially foreign ones will want to hire you.

If you want to be a business person, speaking English will get you access to the many foreign markets where you can import and export and make a lot of money. English is well known as the international language of business!

3. There are important tests for international universities, scholarships and to get jobs with companies. The most popular ones are TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC. To pass these exams students need to have a very good English ability.

4. The Internet is an incredible tool for learning, news, entertainment and many other activities. The majority of the information from the Internet is in English.

5. Books and movies are other important reasons to learn English. The translation of an English book to Indonesian is not that effective and many meanings and context are lost because a lot of words don’t have specific words in Indonesian that mean the same in English. For movies, the translation text is in a lot of cases is not what is actually going on in the movie and so the context and meaning of the scene is lost to a person who doesn’t understand English!

6. English also gives you the ability to travel abroad and meet many interesting people from around the world.

To sum up Sam…

English opens so many doors for students that are willing to take the time to study and master this important international language of communication and business. It is easy to learn when you are motivated and TRY!

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