English has become the international language.
18 % of world population understand/speak English.
The bulk of world’s information/knowledge is in English.
English is dominant for education resources and books.
Internet information resources are dominantly in English.
More business opportunities.
Expand your business to global market .
Explore new opportunities and find global partnership.
Larger audience to share your thoughts.
Almost one billion English speaking people around the world.
Billions of Internet users who are fairly comfortable with English.
More entertainment opportunities.
More TV/Radio programs to watch/listen.
More web sites to surf.
Last, but not least, You do not want to be second to an dim-witted superior who is only good at English!
The Facts, Myths and Reality.
English is difficult to learn.
This has been spread by people who have acquired only English speaking skill and jealous or feared of talented others learning it.
Learn spoken English first.
There is hardly any difference between spoken & written English !
In fact easier and natural sequence is to begin quietly with reading and writing and then start speaking in English.
You have to speak English with British accent.
This idea is just bullshit!!!
It is a myth spread by people having colonial underdog mindset.
They are slaves of English culture than using English as a communication tool.
They use this myth to discourage others from learning English.
Speaking English will solve all of my problems.
English is no longer an ornament.
It is just another important tool in your competency tool box.
If one is just a fool who only knows of using English language, now he has wider audience to show off his idiocy (i.e. Using his mother tongue & English).
A language with simple alphabet.
Only 26 letters used in English.
All letters are used only in simple form only (No combined letters).
Simpler grammar rules.
Only handful of few rules that you need to learn.
Rules are clear and unambiguous than most of other languages.
What you speak and write is the same.
There is hardly any difference between spoken and written English.
Therefore, effort for learning English is less than learning a languages that has big variations in spoken and written form.
People use English in simple form.
There are more English speaking people in China or India alone than those who speak English as mother tongue.
Content publishers are aware of this fact and therefore they make contents simple to target wide audience.
Therefore, Understanding English books and other contents like web pages are much easier than you think..
Mixture of your natural and neutral accent is the best.
English is now dominantly used as an international language.
English speaking international community accept, acknowledge and even appreciate accents of different geographical and cultural communities.
Simple plan for learning English
Put up initial learning effort.
Learn the grammar well (For an intelligent adult it take very little time).
Know the essential words for day to day life and for your profession.
Quietly start reading and listening.
As a starter, there are books (Short stories, supplementary readings, etc..) specifically written with limited simple words and grimmer rules.
Then you can read regular papers and listen to regular programs.
Overcome the inertia.
At first doing anything is hard, which is natural just like moving a vehicle by push.
First day you will find lots of unknown words, once you learn those next day you will find mostly the same words and you feel more at ease. Same applicable to listning as well.
Start speaking confidently in natural way.
Billions of English speaking people all over the world from German to India and Brazil to China happily speak with their own accent in self confident manner.
Forget about British accent unless you like to showoff that your ancestry (genetic relation) has linked to a British.
The word game.
We all do not get 100% of the meaning of all the sentences.
No one can finish learning all the words.
Idea is to understand sufficiently.
As long as you can comprehend the context, be brave to start reading or converse with others despite you find few unknown words.
Use common sense for guessing.
If a word is frequently appearing, get a dictionary and learn it and add it to your vocabulary.
When you talk, you can confidently use what ever simple words you know.
Because listener has no way of knowing the words that you do not know.
Just make sure your grammar is fairly sound.
Here you are speaking in English now.