Countries with Better English Have Better Economies

If this is true, WHY is it true? A question of cause and effect or just a coincidence?
According to Christopher McCormick’s post in the Harvard Business Review, good English is a critical tool for people in any country, now that global business is here to stay. How true that is!

According to his survey, “the largest ranking of English skills by country, we found that in almost every one of the 60 countries and territories surveyed, a rise in English proficiency was connected with a rise in per capita income. And on an individual level, recruiters and HR managers around the world report that job seekers with exceptional English compared to their country’s level earned 30-50% percent higher salaries.”

No doubt improved English skills will allow you to apply for better jobs, improve your standard of living and have a better quality of life.
On a wider level, language is a tool which can open up a huge pool of knowledge and allow people to draw on that knowledge and add to it, innovate, and create new ideas. Being that so much information and knowledge is in English makes it obvious that learning to communicate in English has become as fundamental a part of our educational experience as learning math.
All this is not to say that English should exclude everything else. Multilingualism is the way to go. Thinking in more than one language allows you not only to communicate with more extensive community, but more importantly, to open up your mind to other ways of viewing “truth” and “reality” and to break through mental barriers.
So what are you going to do about it? Notice he talked about exceptional English!


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coincidence = careful! not casualty!
rise = increase
per capita income = how much money each person earns
recruiters = people who offer jobs in companies
HR = human resources
job seekers = people who are looking for a job.
standard of living = not level of life!
quality of life = how well you live
apply for a job = ask for a job
draw on knowledge = take important information
the way to go = the best option
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