English: The Language of the Internet

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Think back to the last time you went for a holiday or for work, away from your state or country. Do you remember the struggle to get across the most basic information or the difficulty you faced when asking the simplest of questions? The fight to communicate with people in a place where you don’t speak the same language as them is a real one. Not only does it impede your communication with others, it also makes you feel extremely limited in your own ability to get anything done. Similarly, imagine being in a place where people from all the different parts of the world interact, but everyone speaks in their own language. Imagine the kind of standstill that will bring all interaction to. Enter reality, this is the Internet.

The fact is, in the middle of the vastness of the Internet, it is the English language that becomes a common denominator for most of us. Today, we can buy wares from a small seller in China, get tech advice from someone in Hong Kong, discuss hospitality with hotel owners in Greece, football with a fan in Spain and not once be worried about knowing their language. The internet has truly made the world into one small village, and through it, we can have conversations with people across the globe from us. This happens because most people use English on the internet. Be it Google, Facebook or news networks, English is the most commonly used language on the Internet. While translation softwares are available aplenty, most of them have English set in as a default conversion language.

In a world where globalisation rules the roost (do you know what that idiom means?),  the internet is the handiest of all tools for us. Whether we are studying, working at our own businesses, looking for jobs or for partnership opportunities, we utilise the internet. In a situation like this, sharp control over your usage of English and enhanced communication can easily make you stand apart from the crowd. People across the map have learnt the basics of English just to keep themselves abreast of the world. Knowing how to write a succinct but impactful email, putting up an inviting advertisement, writing the correct product descriptions or merely responding to a query – each of these requires good conversational intelligence and English fluency. English was the founding language of the Internet, and while most of it is coded in English, nearly 56% of all the information online is in English too. This may seem like a small number, but to put it in perspective, the next most used language is Russian, at 6%!

With as dense a concentration, the lack of English skills could really slow you down in comparison to others. If you too are looking to make it big through the internet, it is time to sharpen your language and communication skills. Your team at LearnEd is constantly on its toes to keep you updated with every way to hone your skills, at the speed of a click! Write to us today to see how we can help you!

 

Data Source: https://unbabel.com/blog/top-languages-of-the-internet/

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