The great German poet Goethe once said: «He who know no foreign
language does not know his own one. Learning foreign languages is specially
important nowadays. Some people learn foreign languages because they need them
in their work, others travel abroad, for the third studying languages is a
Every year thousands of people from Russia go to different
countries as tourists or to work. They can not go without knowing the language
of the country they are going to. A modern engineer or even a worker can not
work with an imported instrument or a machine if he is not able to read the
instruction how to do it. Ordinary people need language to translation the
instruction or the manual to the washing-machine or a vacuum-cleaner, medicine
or even food-products.
Some people are as a rule polyglots. Historians diplomats need
some languages for their work. If you want to be a classified specialist you
must learn English, the language of international communication.
English is one of the world languages. It is the language of
progressive science and technology, trade and cultural relations, commerce and
business. It is the universal language of international aviation, shipping and
sports. It is also the major language of diplomacy. Hundreds and hundreds of
books, magazines and newspapers are printed in English, most of the world’s
mail and telephone calls are in English. Half of the world’s scientific
literature is written in English. English is spoken by more than 350 million
people. Geographically, it is the most widespread language on earth, second
after Chinese. It is the official language of the UK, the USA , of Australia
and New Zealand, it is used as one of the official languages in Canada, the
South Africa. Millions of people study and use English as a foreign language.
In our country English is very popular. It is studied at schools, colleges and
Learning English is not an easy thing. It is a long process and
takes a lot of time and patience. But to know English today is absolutely
necessary for every educated person. I want to know English because it’s
interesting for me to know foreign countries, their cultures and tradition.
English will be of great use in my future profession connected with computers.
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