Naturally, we don’t mean that in the literal sense: you will not find a preposition offering you a job. Nor has Harrod’s employed any adjectives or adverbs to function as doormen.
However, if you are hoping for a new start in life, better pay at your current job, or a new position entirely, rest assured: your efforts at learning English will bring those rewards.
According to the British Council, English language exports total in the billions of pounds – and that figure is set to grow: the more people who migrate for educational opportunities, the greater the revenue they will generate.
Additionally, those who travel abroad to fill ESL teacher slots further drive the global economy and cultural exchange.
And those are just the education statistics.
Let us tell you the many ways learning the English language can benefit you socially, economically and professionally.
Finding your footing in a new environment can be overwhelming (Source: Pixabay Credit: Snicky 2290)
There are few events in life more disorienting than moving to a new country. Different food, different culture, different language – it can all be so overwhelming!
The best antidote for any upset, including homesickness and feeling lost, is to be proactive.
Without taking formal English lessons – in a classroom, with a teacher, you can begin to improve your English language skills.
For vocabulary and grammar lessons, subjunctive clauses and prepositional phrases, verbs and their tenses: the World Wide Web offers a wealth of study materials, most of them at no cost.
You can learn basic English as well as slang phrases and idioms that are so common in the English language from podcasts and series targeted to those learning English as a second language.
Language learning opportunities abound on the Internet!
As your lexicon of new words grows, don’t hesitate to try out your speaking skills with your local grocer, letter carrier, and your neighbors. Doing so will bring you several benefits, such as:
giving you the chance to converse with native speakers of English
improving your pronunciation, especially of difficult words
the person you are speaking with might even help you pronounce difficult words!
Increasing your fluency even as you learn new words
practicing your listening skills in a live setting
building social connexions.
To say nothing of the boost of confidence you will enjoy as you make yourself more at home in your new country.
Besides housing a wealth of history and culture in the form of books and movies, facilities all across the UK sponsor projects and workshops tailored to those who are learning English as a second language.
One particular feature of that programme is Discover Literature, a page that explores how authors of the last century found creative ways to express their views on the rapidly changing society.
Even if you choose to not participate in any of your library’s activities, obtaining a membership will bring you significant advantage as you study English.
Scientists and linguists all agree: one of the best ways to learn a language is to read.
No matter your level of English proficiency, the library has books for you.
Reading above your current level of English can help you learn more words, faster.
Libraries often have a selection of both audio books and movies for rent to boost your comprehension and listening skills.
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Earn a heap of cash by using your English skills (Source: Pixabay Credit: Lensicle)
Once you have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of English – word order and other grammar rules; verb conjugation, good spelling skills and a decent vocabulary, you will find that your viability on the job market has increased.
It is now time to profit from all of your hard work!
Consensus from the scientific community is that people who are bilingual have increased attention spans, and are thus better workers.
Speakers of more than one language have also proven to be better at multi-tasking and finishing projects ahead of schedule.
Therefore, employers actively seek prospective hires who can speak more than one language. Another reason is the fact that multi-lingual persons are absolutely vital in today’s global business arena.
You could increase your pay by 5 to 20%, simply by the ability to communicate in another language!
Besides landing a position in sales, marketing or shipping, you could carve out a niche for yourself in any multinational corporation you work for by proposing to teach your English-speaking colleagues basic phrases in your native language.
China hires more than one hundred thousand native English speakers each year, to function as Esl teachers and as consultants in their many global firms.
The ten top telecommunications firms are based in India
The most lucrative oil and gas company jobs are in Arabic-speaking countries.
Ethiopia’s coffee industry ranks in the top ten globally
Europe desperately needs software developers and engineers
If you are native to any of these regions, you could start a lucrative tutoring business. Once you are more or less fluent in English, you can teach your native language to workers destined for those countries.
If this idea interests you, print handbills offering your services and hand them out in car parks or shopping centers, as permitted.
You can post a copy of such a flier at your local library, supermarket, and petrol station, too.
By far the best way to attract clients who want to learn a foreign language is to establish an online profile. Superprof is a site where you can list your language abilities and offer lessons via webcam, or as a home tutor.
Private tutors earn an average £20 per hour in the UK – a natural way to profit from the language skills you already possess!
And, what a fantastic way to build community connexions!
Talking with people in your community will help you build connexions (Source: Pixabay Credit: Leo Valente)
In general, business English is defined as the vocabulary, phrases, jargon and topics that relate to business.
Business English is an umbrella term relating to vocabulary meant specifically for finance and tourism, as well as international relations and trade.
Depending on what area of business you are interested in and/or qualified for, your vocabulary should consist of words meant specifically for that arena.
Before learning Business English, you should have a fair grasp of speaking English in general. You can test your fluency and pronunciation by having conversations with native English speakers.
If you prefer to test your ability without an audience, you could take quizzes online.
If you are uncertain about your grammar and vocabulary abilities, perhaps you could take some English lessons, either online or with a group of other ESL learners.
Because business English has its own vocabulary, it is important that you have a good foundation of the English language before you learn phrases that relate to the direction you wish to take in business.
English fundamentals include verb tenses, adjective and adverb use, sentence structure and proper use of expressions.
In all cases, taking an Ielts practise course and passing that exam is necessary to further your business intentions.
Employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures.
Listening skills are as important as reading or speaking skills in business, so you should devote a substantial part of your English study time to audio materials. Those can include podcasts, audiobooks and radio broadcasts.
When learning business English, it is not as important to learn slang as it would be to learn the vernacular specific to the industry you aspire to work in. However, you might want to learn to use an idiom or two, just to melt the ice with any prospective employer or anyone you would teach your native language to.
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Whether you are just getting established in your new environment or have been studying English for a long time, rest assured that your English skills will provide you with opportunities to earn money and social standing.
The more English learning you pursue, the better your chances of being hired for a lucrative position by a multinational firm.
As an English learner, you can take advantage of free English lessons at your local library or through the British Council, learn English online – through podcasts or with a tutor, or enroll in an English course.
These many ways to learn English will indeed open doors for you: professionally, financially and socially. Why not make learning a new language fun as well!
And you won’t need any adverbs or tricky vocabulary to hold that door open!
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