John London is an English journalist who has been writing professionally since 2006. His articles have appeared in major British newspapers such as "The Times" and "The Guardian." London holds a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of the Arts London.
By John London, eHow Contributor
[pic]When you go abroad, English will probably be the single language many people will understand.
English is known to be so useful throughout the world that it is the most-learned second language, with over 700 million nonnative speakers, according to the English Language website. Those numbers indicate that there are certainly advantages to being able to speak English. It is also the language of Christianity, which is the most widely practiced religion in the world.
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o Those who are able to speak English, even at a basic level, may find that it can lead to a higher level of employment or simply more job prospects. Consider, for example, the hospitality industry. If an employer in a non-English-speaking country had staff who speak English to some degree, then he would be able to provide his customers with a higher quality of service. Not only will the staff be able to communicate with more customers, but those English speakers can act as translators, if necessary. The same general rule can apply across many industries, such as telecommunications, travel, tourism and sales.
International Job and Study Opportunities
o Nonnative English speakers often wish to pursue job opportunities or study in English-speaking countries. If you are hoping to gain employment or a study position in an English-speaking country, you may find there are requirements that you pass a basic-level English test. Even if the test is not required, you will find that work and study in an English-speaking country will inevitably be easier once you learn the language.
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Travel and Living Abroad Made Easier
o Traveling abroad is a big part of many people's lives, whether it is for vacation or work travel. Everyone hopes to fit in to their new surroundings, even when traveling on holiday, and the best way to do this is to speak the native tongue. Barring that, In many countries English is the popular second language, enabling visitors to converse in an alternate language. If you are able to communicate with the locals, read signs easily and understand your surroundings, traveling will be a lot easier.
News, Music and Entertainment
o Some of the largest broadcasting companies cater to millions of people around the world each day in English, including the BBC and CNN. Keeping up with current news in English is a possibility in most countries around the world, if not on TV then via the Internet -- which also is predominately English based.
Some of the biggest music and entertainment stars in the world -- The Beatles, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt just to name a few -- practice their craft in English. To allow you the enjoyment and entertainment provided by so many of these people around the world, it is an advantage to speak English.
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