Advantages of Studying The English language

The English Language

The English language is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is usually the first language to be learned in non-English speaking countries, and this is where this first placement is understood. If we speak specifically of natives, it ranks third only behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

International Presence

The number of native English speakers is around 400 million. It is the language with the greatest international presence. In 2015 there were 67 sovereign states and 27 territories where English was the official language. In addition, it is the common language of many professions worldwide, such as in the world of business and in the world of aviation. 

 

Among the nations and territories that have it as official are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, the Falkland Islands , Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Montserrat, Nauru, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascensión and Tristán da Cunha, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , Saint Lucia, Singapore, Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Abundance of Resources to Learn English

The enormous number of English speakers in the world, adding to the fact that it is the most studied language and, therefore, the one with the greatest amount of resources and materials to learn them. 

 

Among other advantages, English allows those who handle it to become a very valuable tool in more than one field of knowledge. This is understood in the fact that, when a new discovery is made in any area, regardless of the language of the discoverer, the first translation that will be made of the discovery is into English. For this reason, it is understood that when translating an article into English, it is “universalized”.

Is English a Difficult Language?

Despite these benefits, English is the victim of an unfair reputation that says it is a difficult language. It is true that certain grammar rules can be confusing, and even incomprehensible depending on the student’s mother tongue. However, this is nothing compared to other languages. And not only because of the enormous variety of resources and materials mentioned above.

 

Let’s take a simple example, the verb “can” in English is the same for all its pronouns, that is: I can, you can, he can, etc. This is not the case, however, if we speak of the same verb in Portuguese (poder): eu posso, tu podes, ele / ela pode, we can, vós podeis, eles / elas podem. Then depending on the person the conjugation of that verb will be different.

Something similar happens with the definite article. In languages like French there are three (le, la, les), in Portuguese and Spanish there are four, and in others like Italian, six. However, in English there is only one “the” making the task of choosing the correct article much easier when you speak or write.

 

Something similar happens with adjectives. In Latin languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian or Romanian there are two genders (feminine and masculine). In other languages of Germanic origin (remember that English also has Germanic origin), such as German, Danish or Swedish; As well as in Slavic languages, such as Russian, Polish, Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Ukrainian or Slovak among others, there are up to three genders (feminine, masculine and neuter).

 

Also, in all these language families you must keep in mind the number (singular or plural). However, English lacks all these complications. Let’s take an example comparing it with Portuguese: “this flower is red”. In Portuguese that would be “esta flor é vermelha”. Now, if we said that in the plural: “these flowers are red”, and in Portuguese: “essas flores são vermelhas”. In both Portuguese and English, the demonstrative pronoun, the subject and the verb changed, but not the adjective in the case of English, which continued to be “red” in both cases. And the same would happen if it had been a masculine word: “vermelho / vermelhos” in English, it would still be “red”.

 

The study of the English language, on the other hand, will allow you to communicate with people from all over the world. Yes, not only with English speakers. As mentioned before, it is by far the most studied language in the world, making it the second language of people everywhere. Without knowing or speaking their native languages, it will not be difficult for you to communicate with Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Italians, Greeks, Turks, Arabs etc. through English.

English Helps You Learn Other Languages Too

This in turn has another huge implicit advantage: if you are interested in learning another language in addition to English, it will be very easy for you to find a partner in whatever language it is. How is this possible? Here I will talk about my personal experience: as a Russian student my wish was to be able to communicate with people who speak that language. I found several students interested in my native language (Spanish) however neither my Russian nor their Spanish was enough to have a fluent conversation and eventually to be able to understand each other. But thanks to having in common the fact that we both spoke in English, when we were unable to express ourselves in Russian in my case or in Spanish in their case, we could use English to clarify what we were trying to say.

Curiosities in the English Language

To close, I would like us to see some curiosities that this language has: the first one is that from 0 to 999 there is no number that contains the letter “a”.


There are only two words in English that end in “-gry”: “angry” and “hungry”. Perhaps that is the reason why many English learners confuse them, so be careful: being angry and being hungry are definitely not the same thing.
The shortest phrase that can be written in English is “I am”. Subject and predicate with complete meaning in just three letters. Amazing!


The longest word in English has 45 letters. It is a lung disease: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Instead, the longest word without vowels is rhythm, with 6 letters. Likewise, it is noteworthy that an average English speaker uses the same 400 words 80% of the time.

About the Author:

Leo is a medical student with extensive experience in language teaching and learning.He is a language-loving polyglot and is also a sports journalist and translator into Spanish from English, French, Portuguese and Italian. He loves to structure his classes based off of the students needs.