Is English Important?

Saturday, October 29, 2011 JS Hanniffy 0 Comments

Many of us refer that English is a language that easy to follow although in fact we don't speak or understand English clearly. Well, some people think English is easy, some think it's hard to learn. There so many English schools provide English language today as the main subject of foreign language must study in school. 

English, English, English! Is' all about English, and why it's so important?

I remember how many years I learn English - starting from Secondary school (in 1980s English was not part of a subject had to learn), and another three years in High school. So many grammars I studied, yet none of them got into my head. 

It was much easier to learn English when I live in native speaker country perhaps that because the situation demands that make must learn it.

Today, I try to revise my years of learning English; I see a progress in some area, such as in conversation and writing. I do this because my current job require person who fluent in English - you know no matter how good your English some words sometimes are difficult to understand by natives. I've noticed since I do so many travel how important English and not just you can speak or understand English, but fluent in English. I never realise till today that I must more keen to learn English.

The progress is actually not what like I'm expecting (seeing the advantages living in native English country thought I can fluent so fast), anyway, I'm a little happy. I realise the slow of my English progress is because I thought I'm good enough and so I jump into the next level too quickly: This is a common assumption what people often think in learning English:  jumping into the highest level is easier than learning from basic level.

In fact, English has a 'rule' where can be found in the basic level (Beginners). My hubby refers that understanding the basic is very crucial as that how make us understand how to use the language. Imagine if you speak English like on this example below:

"I go to a shop yesterday and I meet my friend"

The second common assumption is I often heard from many people: the important thing is native speaker can understand what we say and we understand what they say. 

You're right. Native speakers would surely still understand if you say sentences like the example above. This 'not' even English basic level is surely enough if you think English isn't important.

Beginner levels learn about how to use English properly. If you know how to use tenses then the next level will be much easier to follow. I've once jumped into a level English where I never study before, and I couldn't follow at all what on its book said though I force to keep going, yet it didn't work.

I remember of my friend's research about giving a value to those Indonesians who speak little English without judging their accent. The value was based on how they pronounced the words. And I must admit that I couldn't resist myself not to laugh every time I listen to their English. If I could just upload one of those samples in here.

Based on my this story so it will be so obvious when somebody learns English little and force to speak, even those who live in native country if they don't study English properly. 

So is English really important?

Depend on how you'd describe your career future. Maybe you think that English is needed only if you move abroad or live in native speaker country; the fact is many company (locally or internationally) require a person who fluent in English. So think about this, no matter where you work or live (especially if you work with a foreign company), always prioritizing your English as this might help you into the next career.


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