The world’s English mania

“English is the world’s second language. Your native language is your life. But with English you can become part of a wider conversation – a global conversation about global problems, like climate change or poverty, or hunger or disease.”

Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English.
He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English“the world’s second language” – by the thousands.

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Four reasons to learn a new language

“Let’s face it, it’s the language of the internet, it’s the language of finance, it’s the language of air traffic control, of popular music, diplomacy… English is everywhere!”

English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year.

So why bother learning a foreign language?

Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

 

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