English as a second language?/將英文做為第二語言？
English as a second language?/將英文做為第二語言？ (中英對照 精華文章)
Do you find yourself always making excuses for not learning English? You're too busy, it's too hard, or maybe you think you'll never need it. Whatever your reasons, they're still not enough to outweigh the benefits of learning English. Read on to learn why.
Make more friends
If you can speak English, then you can communicate with about 1.5 billion people across the world. That's a lot of potential friends! One in four people speak English to some degree and more are learning. You can chat&sa=%B7j%B4M&sitesearch=english.com.tw&client=pub-7530123932584118&forid=1&channel=8508753310&ie=big5&oe=big5&flav=0000&sig=m4d3Tpqxjk-jeQsZ&cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC%3A0000FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BFORID%3A11&hl=zh-TW>chat online, get involved with international groups, and travel - using just one language!
Ask for directions in 75 countries
English is an official language or has special status in 75 countries and is spoken in 100. It's the international language for business, academics, sports, science, technology, advertising, aviation, and diplomacy. So don't think you have to stay home just because you don't know a language. Learn English and go anywhere, do anything!
Unlock the Internet
While you may think there are plenty of websites translated into your native language, consider this: Eighty percent of electronic information is still only in English. If you don't speak English, you miss out on over a billion pages of information on the Internet.
Be a scientist
The world's scientists use English to communicate with each other. Scientific conferences are conducted in English and most research is published in English. Over two-thirds of the world's scientists read in English.
Advance your career
Most international business is conducted in English. So anyone aiming for a management position in a multinational corporation will probably need to speak English. And don't think knowledge of English is just important for business people. The technology, aviation, diplomacy and tourism fields also heavily depend on English.
Access more media
Many books, magazines, and newspapers are available only in English. And many non-English books are translated into English. If you can read English, you'll have a greater variety to choose from.
Pursue overseas opporunities
There are thousands of international study, work, and volunteer programs. But many of those won't be available to you if you don't know English. A new world of opportunity opens up when you can speak English!