Written Paper Number 1
Topic: Why is it important to learn English?
Almost every pupil in Germany learns English in school. Most of them start to learn this language in the 4th grade of elementary school and don’t stop to learn it until the 10th grade of secondary school or 12th grade of gymnasium. There are some reasons why pupils learn English from the beginning of their school live. It is very important to learn English.
First of all English is the most used language. When people with different languages come together they commonly use English to communicate. Almost 60 percent of people in the world use English regularly. After Mandarin, English is spoken by more than 350 million people and is also the most common language among foreign language speakers. The reason for that is most due to Great Britain’s expansion during the colonial age. English is spoken in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, parts of Africa, India and many smaller island nations. As a second language, English is adopted in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. Learning English opens a contact and communication with these people from all over the world.
Further English is the international language used for diplomacy, business, science, technology, banking, computing, medicine, aviation, engineering, tourism and of course all new music in the areas of pop and rock. If someone wants to make a career in one of the sectors mentioned, one will have to learn English or the career will soon be over. An example is the United States. Speaking English there immediately opens opportunities regardless of ethnicity, color or background. Also English speakers in the United States earn more money than non-speaking people. So it opens job perspectives and increases the standard of living.
The last point is that learning English isn’t that difficult. The language is based on an alphabet and, compared to Chinese, can be learned far more quickly. English has many words to choose...
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