Happy New Year, everyone! As always at this time of year, many people will have already made their New Year’s resolutions, and a popular one here in Madrid is to learn English at an academy, or another foreign language. Here are some of the main reasons why someone in Madrid may wish to learn English:
English has the largest number of speakers globally:
One thing that makes English quite unique is the fact that non-native English speakers greatly outnumber native English speakers. The reason for this is due to many factors, such as international trade, Hollywood success and social media. Never before has English been so easily accessible and frequently used, and the number of English speakers around the globe is currently estimated at roughly 2 billion!
300 million native speakers:
Although there is a much greater number of non-native English speakers on Earth, the number of native English speakers is currently estimated at 300 million and is constantly growing. With the number of native English speakers increasing, the number of job opportunities and convenience of English in everyday life also increases.
English at work:
As the world becomes more globalised and international, so do companies and organisations, and many are choosing to use English as their official language to facilitate communication between branches in different countries. Companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Airbus have already opted to use English as their official language and we can expect many more to follow in the 2020s.
TV and cinema:
While almost all countries in the modern age have their own TV and/or film industry, there is no denying that some of the most popular and successful films in the 21st century have come from Hollywood. They can be watched in other languages if they have been dubbed, but much of the humour and cultural aspects are lost in translation and can never compare to the original version. The good news is that even if you don’t have a sufficiently high level of English to understand everything, English subtitles can usually be added and, if you are watching at home, scenes can be paused and re-watched in order to try to understand more.
Whether working abroad or in your own country, having the English language under your belt will undoubtedly give you a competitive advantage and open a world of opportunities in a whole host of industries such as travel, science, communications and technology.
If you’re interested in learning English in Madrid with native English teachers in small groups, come to one of our language academies in Madrid and ask any one of our native English teachers (or native French, Italian, and German teachers) for more information.
We hope to see you soon!