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| Nowadays it's especially important to know foreign languages. Some people learn languages because they need them for their work, others
travel abroad, for the third studying foreign languages is a hobby.|
Everyone, who knows foreign languages can speak to people from other countries, read foreign authors in the original, which makes your outlook wider.The great German poet Goethe once said, "He, who knows no foreign language, doesn't know his own one".
There are more than 2700 languages in the world, not to mention the many dialects and sub-languages spoken on every continent.
About 328 million people speak English as their mother tongue, plus at least 375 million people use it as a second language. Some estimates state that as many as 900 million people speak English, either as a native speaker or as a second language combined. The native speakers of English live in Great Britain, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand. English is one of the official languages of the United Nations Organization and other political organizations.
English language is one of the
most beautiful and interesting languages in the world. It's the language of the great literature. It's the language of William Shakespeare, Charles
Dickens and others. Half of the world's scientific literature is in
English. It's the language of computers technology.
Learning languages stretches our minds. It is a good exercise for our intellect. It gives us a chance to get a better job and to visit different countries.
I study English. It's a long and slow process that takes a lot of time and efforts. But do not be afraid and do not trust anyone who says that to learn and to know English is not realistic. Reading books, listening to the radio, watching movies in English, and most importantly, speaking is more than possible.
I am not confident in my English. I think it doesn't sound well. But I am a good learner. I always attend my English classes and work hard.
I think that to know English today is absolutely necessary for every educated man, for every good specialist.
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