Розмовна тема: Discussing the possibilities of studying abroad

Розмовна тема: Discussing the possibilities of studying abroad

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It seems impossible for me to live in the world and not to exchange a few words with other people. On the other hand, not all people speak Ukrainian, they speak their own languages. So it seems quite natural to learn some foreign languages besides Ukrainian.

Well, why is it important to know English and other foreign languages? There are many reasons for learning them. For example, if you want to travel to other countries, you should speak a foreign language and then you’ll feel at home everywhere. It’s necessary if you want to get a good and profitable job in the future. It will be easier for you to use modern computers and surf the Internet if you know English or other foreign languages. Of course, it would be superb if you could understand films watching them and understand the words of songs listening to them. We should know a foreign language if we want to have friends abroad, for example in English-speaking countries, and keep up a correspondence with them. And it would be fantastic to be able to read books, teenage magazines and newspapers in the original.

Well, why do we all learn English at school? I think it happens because English is spoken practically all over the world. It is a world language. According to scientists, English is spoken by more than 370 million people. Geographically, it is the most widespread language on earth. Nowadays it is second only to Chinese in the number of people who speak it. In fact, there are over a billion speakers of Chinese as a first language! However, I’d like to inform you that, “Today there are more Chinese studying English than there are Americans”, as Michael Armstrong, a U.S, business manager, said. Thus, English is the most fashionable language in the world. Millions of people study and use it as a foreign language. English today is absolutely necessary for every educated person, for every good specialist.

English is the official language in 44 countries. It is the official language of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the United States of America, of Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the official languages in Canada, the Republic of South Africa, the Irish republic, India and Pakistan. So you see English is extremely important for all pupils and students in Ukraine if they want to be in contact with their friends all over the world.

But why is English so popular? The size and importance of the USA is one of the reasons. Another key reason is the fact that these days English is the language of science and technology, business, trade and cultural relations. It is the universal language of international aviation, shipping and sports. It is also the major language of diplomacy. Millions of books, magazines and newspapers are printed in English and read all over the world. 75 per cent of the world’s mail and 60 per cent of the world’s radio broadcasts are in English. In fact, English is the working language of 99% of European organizations.

English is also the dominant language of the Internet. The Internet started in the USA and it has had an important effect on the global use of English. In fact, 90% of Internet hosts are based in English-speaking countries. However, Internet material in other languages is going to increase and in the future the percentage of English used in computer-based communication will actually fall.

Because of all these reasons knowing at least one foreign language is a must. In conclusion, I’d like to say that it would be great if a person could speak more than one language. There is a growing tendency throughout Europe to know more languages and knowing only English is not enough for people living in Europe.