The importance of speaking English to travel
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Whether you speak French, German, Spanish, Portuguese or any other language, English is still the most important language and a communication tool , especially for tourism.
As you may already know, English is the language of international business. It is also the most widely spoken language in the world with almost 100 countries where it is used. English is also the only language with more learners (700 million people) than native speakers (300 million people). Today, English has become the most important and widely used language in the world, at all levels. We invite you to read our article The six most spoken languages in international trade. With 80 % of content in English, it is also the most widely used language on the Internet. Using English for advertising allows you to reach a wider international target audience. In addition, Anglicisms are increasingly common in other languages, especially with the expansion of social networks. This once again reinforces the influence of English in the world.
Many countries teach English in schools as a second language. English is therefore the most widely taught foreign language worldwide. You can read about it in the article Foreign Language. Nevertheless, it is a language that does not rank among the most difficult to learn or to translate compared to, for example, French, German, Arabic or Chinese. We invite you to read our article on the subject Six essential languages for professionals and entrepreneurs . In order to travel and communicate successfully, knowing some standard phrases and basic terms is sufficient, you do not need to be fluent in English. However, there is a strong presence of English in the cultural industry, such as film and music, so this could be an opportunity for you to learn the language in more detail! You can also combine this with taking a language course, but what will help you most is to go abroad and practice!
Knowing English facilitates exchanges between all populations of the world. This allows you to come into contact with many people of different nationalities and cultures in order to open up to the outside world. English thus facilitates global travel and tourism in English-speaking countries, but also in other countries that may have English as a 'common' language, meaning a language they all speak at some level but which is not their native language. Not speaking English can be a burden when travelling as it will be more difficult to meet people and you will tend to stay with people who speak the same native language as you. English is also a way of opening up to the outside world between students who go abroad for semesters (ERASMUS) to improve their level: in general, all international students find the same common language which is English.
When you travel, at least 40 % of the population will speak English. Knowing to speak English will give you peace of mind when travelling because it will make communication easier. For example, when you arrive at the airport, if you do not speak the official language of the country you are travelling to, everything will most likely also appear in English. Also, if you go to a restaurant, the menu will most likely be translated into English so ordering food or drinks can be easier for you! All kinds of tourist activities will also be translated, especially in tourist guides. Learning English is like learning a universal language and will help you in many ways. The article The importance of English shows us in what situations English is useful. As we have said, English makes it easier to meet people, but it also makes it easier to find information or even a job abroad. Being able to communicate in English can make it easier to get help in an emergency situation. Before a long stay, we advise you to consider requesting a sworn translation of your important documents such as medical documents from professional translators working in translation companies.
Don't hesitate to call on our translation service for the translation of your important documents before leaving on your trip! And if you are a company, our translation agency is also available to carry out the technical translation of your guides, brochures, restaurant maps, etc. Contact us +44 20 80 89 58 22 or by e-mail.
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Emeline holds a Master's degree in Applied Foreign Languages, specialising in International Management and International Trade Techniques. She completed her end-of-studies internship at AbroadLink Translations and now works there as a sales and marketing assistant