It’s unlikely that anyone will be surprised to the information that English has already captured our planet and is on the list of the most common spoken and written languages, and that certainly one of ten (or even less) people on the planet is fluent in English. This nuance makes many countries where English is not the official language, or even is not a part of the same language group include its learning from the first class of the school, and sometimes from the pre-school groups in kindergarten.
Perhaps, many parents want their children to begin learning new foreign words and phrases along with the words and phrases of the native language from an early age precisely because of the mass globalization of English in the world and integration in many areas of life, beginning from culture and art, and ending with business and politics. Parents want their kids to perceive English on the everyday level, to grow and to adapt easily to the English-speaking community.
Why English? It’s everywhere now: the highest-grossing movies are in English, the most popular music – in English, the best-selling books – in English. We are surrounded by this language and its impact. But the most surprising and amazing is that there are a lot of different courses, online lessons, websites and literature for learning English on the Internet. Everything is very accessible and easy to learn. Our time offers a unique opportunity to become more advanced each day, receive the necessary information which is ready for use.
Of course, English grammar cannot be compared, for example, with Russian grammar; it may seem confusing and not logical, but everyday communication and learning makes it possible not to focus on the rules, but to take everything on the right level with the native speaker’s speech stream. With that in mind, it’s important to communicate with those people for whom English is the native language or who have been living in an English speaking country for a long time.
If we talk about the lexical fund, it’s huge; moreover, one word may have several meanings depending on the context or the sphere of use. Transcription horrifies many beginners who have never faced a phonetic system of English. Surprisingly, spelling rules are not so difficult compared to other languages. In general, English has one of the most successful and richest phonetic systems in the world.
It’s difficult to imagine new interesting acquaintances and meetings, amazing and unforgettable trips, good food and sightseeing tours without English. After all, it is what units us with other people and cultures, a connecting thread, which helps to study in other countries, to be part of important international events, to develop in various areas and present the individual self and own achievements to the world, to broaden horizons and always be kept up-to-date of the latest news. Ridiculous though it might sound, but if everyone spoke the same language, it would be English!