Oct 16, 2015
Episode transcript below:
Hello! How are you doing?
I’m so excited to talk to you about why you should become fluent in English.
Maybe you’ve thought about why you want to become fluent in English language.
Maybe you haven’t thought much about it.
Maybe you’ve just been studying, because it’s something you are required to do or you think you should do, but maybe you haven’t thought much about it.
Well, if you have or haven’t, either way, this episode of Go Natural English is going to present some ideas that are probably new, you probably haven’t thought about.
And so, I’m going to share with you my reasons why I think English fluency is the best thing that you can do for yourself.
So, I’ve made a lot of notes, so I’ll be looking over at them while I talk to you.
So, a lot of people talk about why you should become fluent, and I think there’re some basic reasons that you probably already know.
I’m going to say these, and you’re going to think, ‘Duh. Yeah, I know that.’
So, for example, freedom of communication.
English is the language of the Internet, the language of science, medicine, technology, travel.
You can find out a lot of information in English.
As opposed to, perhaps, if your native language is not as widely used as English.
So also, English can give you a lot of opportunities to travel abroad, to study abroad.
When you travel, you might want to use English to communicate with people who speak other languages.
Maybe English is their native language, maybe it’s not.
Did you know that there’s more people in the world that speak English as a second language (or third, or fourth, or fifth) than people who speak it as their native language.
I just think it’s a fascinating fact.
So, English is really the language that we use to connect with each other internationally.
So, if you want to travel the world and work abroad, or study abroad, or meet people from different countries, English is the best way to be able to do that.
I was lucky that I was born into an English-speaking family in an English-speaking country, so I have English, but I’ve worked really hard to become fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, I can speak some French and Japanese, so I know what it’s like to learn another language.
Also, English, of course, is really helpful for your career.
Most careers will benefit from speaking English.
If you work with international colleagues, if you have to travel for work, if you have to do research for work, if you’re selling things to people in different countries or doing marketing (I mean I could go on and on, and on), if you work in tourism of any kind, if you work in a hotel, restaurant, giving tours or anything like that, really, your career is going to benefit from English.
Think about if you want to go to a conference overseas, you’re going to benefit from knowing English.
So, all of these things so far, you’re probably thinking, ‘Okay, Gabby. I’ve already thought of that. Really, what’s new?’
Well, I’m going to share my not-so-obvious reasons for becoming fluent in English.
And before I do that, I want to talk to you about levels of fluency in English.
Because I think that fluency in English means that you can do what you want to do in English.
So, if you want to order coffee, for example (I just got a coffee myself, so that was the first thing I thought of).
I ordered my coffee in English, because I’m here in Bangkok actually, and I don’t speak enough Thai to order my coffee in Thai.
But I did learn how to say ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’.
But anyway, I said, ‘Could I please have a coffee?’
So, ‘Could I please have a coffee?’
Was that five, six words?
Well, for that moment,