Fast Facts – 10 Reasons you should learn English

There are many reasons to learn English but here are some interesting facts that might help to encourage more learners.

  1. English is the most widely spoken language in the world based on the distribution of native speakers. There are more than 400 million native English speakers worldwide and over 500 million speakers of English as a second or foreign language.
  2. 80% of computer data is processed and stored in English.
  3. English is the main language of news and information in the world – five thousand newspapers, over half of the newspapers published in the world, are published in English. In India alone, there are three thousand magazines published in English.
  4. English is the most commonly taught foreign language -more than a billion people are in the process of learning English. In China, two hundred fifty million Chinese, are learning English on TV!
  5. 75% of all telex messages and telegrams worldwide are sent in English.
  6. More than 80% of home pages on the web are in English.
  7. Approximately 70% of the world’s email messages are in English.
  8. Five of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions of people all over the world.
  9. There are more than 600,000 words in the English language. Luckily, it is estimated that a vocabulary of 1500-2000 words will get you by in most circumstances!
  10. You will be able to visit the 45 countries where English is the official language.
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