The Importance of English for Communication
English is starting to be a necessary tool to move all over the world. As such, it is getting more and more demanded to know English when applying for any job. We are still not concerned about the real importance that the English Language is taking but it is known that knowing English for Communication at some point will be completely necessary in an early future.
According to researches, English is the native language of around 375 million people and around 375 million speakers have it as a second official language. Furthermore, as we can see in the world map, English has official or special status in at least seventy-five countries, which means a total population of over two billion people. It is also known that one out of four people is able to speak English at some level of competence and the demand from the rest who do not speak any English is increasing considerably.
The English Language is supposed to be one of the easiest languages to learn and that is the reason for its popularity. It contains basically about 490,000 simple words plus about 300,000 technical ones. It is hard to say if any individual uses more than 60,000 words and in Written English only about 10,000 words are used. Meanwhile, Spoken English by the best educated uses about 5,000 words.
If we want to have an effective communication in English, it just requires to follow a few simple rules that can be learnt and practiced by anyone. The only thing we need to keep in mind is the purpose of that communication.
To use English for Communication effectively there are of course some rules that everyone should always follow, such as trying to use:
- The familiar word to the far-fetched
- The single word to the circumlocution
- The short word to the long
- The Saxon word to the Romance
- The concrete word to the abstract
Apart from these rules there are also some effective tips that we can always use if we want our English to be clearer and easier to be understood. Something easy we could do is, for example, clarifying ideas before communicating, taking the entire environment (physical and human) into consideration, being a good listener, being careful of the overtones and the basic content of the message…
To sum up, I must say that we should all be aware of what is coming. For that reason, we should also try to be ready for it, welcoming the English as the International Language we will all use for communicating with the rest of the world.
* The main webpage of the British Council. Retrieved December 22, 2010, from http://www.britishcouncil.org/macedonia-english-learn.htm
* Mandeep Singh (November, 2010). An article about Effective Communication in English. Retrieved December 22, 2010, from http://www.chillibreeze.com/articles/Effective-communication-in-English.asp
* Daniel Tschentscher(July, 2009). A research about Languages of the World. Retrieved December 22,2010, from http://blog.justlanded.com/just-landed-news/languages-of-the-world/