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Why should English as a language be studied?Why should we learn English?I want a simple...

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM via web

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Why should English as a language be studied?

Why should we learn English?
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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM (Answer #2)

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English is still one of the most spoken languages in the world.  The number is almost 1 billion in 2012, although Mandarin is the most spoken with more than one million.  People speak English in countries that are not English-dominant, or where English is a second-language, for trade purposes.  The countries that speak English are still powerful.

The funny thing is that although English is important, it is hard to learn and always changing.  In his essay “Politics and the English Language” Orwell argues that English is in a bad way.

Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. 

Orwell makes the point that we have gotten lazy in our usage and acceptance of language, although language is constantly evolving.  How can we expect non-native speakers to keep up?  Personally, I am glad English is used so often because I, like many Americans, barely speak any other language.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM (Answer #3)

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If I remember correctly, you are from Canada.  So clearly you are not studying English as a foreign language in the way someone from, say, China would.  

For people who live in English-speaking countries, the major reason to study English is to be able to communicate.  Those who can communicate (in written form and in speech) will have advantages over those who cannot.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 13, 2012 at 3:43 AM (Answer #4)

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As a general proposition, I think it's a good idea to study any foreign language. It is intellectually stimulating and highly rewarding, and being multilingual is a highly marketable skill. Also, learning English, especially if you live in Canada, will certainly help you negotiate the society you live in. And it is a language that is commonly spoken around the world, in Europe and in Asia. 

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM (Answer #5)

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Language bears our ideas, our knowledge, our culture, our emotions, and pretty much everything within us as individuals and as societies.  We could manage without studying our language, to be sure, because we do learn it at our parents' knees, acquiring vocabulary and even absorbing many of the rules of the language, for example, regular pluralization and and the formation of regular past tenses, which do not need to be "taught" to young children.  However, when we do study our language, we are better able to transmit our ideas, knowledge, culture, and emotions, not only to others around us, but also to future generations, and the more we understand about our language, the more what is communicated to us is enhanced, from those around us, and from those in the past.  When we study the rules of grammar, for example, we are better able to decode meaning and nuance.  When we study the history of our language and its words, we are better able to understand history, geography, and all the other "ologies" that have had an impact on us.  When we study the literature of English, it is enriched and enhanced for us and we are enriched and enhanced by it.  The question for me has always been - why would we not study English?    

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM (Answer #6)

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Rrteacher makes, perhaps, the most relevant point with the comment about learning any foreign language. English speakers have a tendency to be egocentric with regard to our own language. However, one should learn the predominant language of whatever country he or she lives in. English does, however, happen to be a predominant world language. In a conversation I once had with someone the comment was made that "Math is the engine of the world." My response was that by the same token, "English would be the engineer of that world." English whether it be reading, writing, or speaking is a major language of communication. Communication good communication skills--both written and spoke--help drive the world. Although, we must realize that the English spoken in various regions of the world might be vastly different. The following eNotes link offers an interesting look at "American English."

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM (Answer #7)

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If I remember correctly, you are from Canada.  So clearly you are not studying English as a foreign language in the way someone from, say, China would.  

For people who live in English-speaking countries, the major reason to study English is to be able to communicate.  Those who can communicate (in written form and in speech) will have advantages over those who cannot.

Wow,,,powerful Memory... (^_*) You're right Mr.pohnpei .

But this question for my friend.And I want to know "if you dont mind" ofcourse... ^_^
importance of learning English Language
and Why is learning English important in canada and in the world!!?

anyway Mr.pohnpei thanks... ^_^

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