It is true that many countries do not use English as a first language or as the primary language of business. However, as more businesses expand their operations overseas, the use of the language is undoubtedly going to increase. This is because English is an easier language to master quickly than other commonly spoken language such as Hindi, Mandarin or German – it is likely that English will retain its dominant hold on international transactions in the decades to come.
Moreover, some occupations can only consider candidates with fluency in the English language. For example, a professional in the high paying cross border trade compliance niche can usually only take on a senior corporate role if he/she can speak, read and write in English. This is because a role like this typically requires the individual to speak with local branch offices in the rest of the world, research case law, read white papers and understand legal text relating to technical topics such as HS classification, Free Trade Agreements, Customs valuation and Incoterms. Most of the time, these resources are only available in English. Even if translated versions do exist, due to the technical nature of the content, there is a possibility that meanings get misconstrued with the translation. Hence being able to read and decipher the official English version of such documents is critical to the role. Today, if non English speaking countries offer a translated version of local regulations or announcements, these are almost always translated into English.
The majority of general online publications and white papers relating to global trade trends and economic development also cater (sometimes exclusively) to an English speaking audience.
Many universities also teach most programs in the English medium, hence a good grasp of the language becomes a pre-requisite to being eligible to enroll for courses. Can you imagine an individual with a poor grasp of the language attempting to understand a lecture about quantum physics, medicine or mathematics that is delivered entirely in English? Of course, there are extremely good universities that teach in languages other thant English but why limit your child’s options only to these?
Hence, a child that gains fluent mastery in the English language at a young age, creates for himself/herself a very distinct competitive edge in future when it comes to career choices.
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