Something fantastic I’ve noticed about Pakistan is that the majority of its citizens speaks English. Some are extremely fluent and others, who don’t speak fluently, still know a few English words. While I can get by with basic Urdu, it remains very limited since foreign languages aren’t taught strongly in native English schools.
In America, all students are required to complete two years of a foreign language before high school graduation but it’s very limited. Spanish and French are the most popular with German slowly rising up ranks. While this is a great approach for schools to take, it’s completely forgotten once summer vacation rolls around, making the required two years, insignificant.
In many countries and especially in Pakistan, most children are taught English at a very young age all the way through their entire primary education. This is extremely beneficial in expanding career opportunities and college choices as children grow older.
The two most common problems that can effect college applicants when taking tests like IELTS and TOEFL, however, are the mixtures of British English and American English along with having had teachers who have taught grammatically incorrect English, sometimes with the wrong pronunciations.
English is by far, the hardest language to conquer! Whereas most other languages have one word with several different meanings, English has one word for everything, words that sound alike but mean different things and plurals with or without apostrophes, sometimes changing the spelling and sometimes not. English can be so confusing that words are then given to put sentence structure into order: Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, etc.
That being said, the tricky part is the confidence many lack when speaking it. It’s completely understandable and yet, it’s also a hindrance when it comes down to taking required tests for getting into college or feeling confident about making friends when traveling abroad for education in America.
To qualm those fears, understand that there nearly 300 languages spoken IN America! America is full of people from all over the world; in fact, international students make up to over half a million of the United States’ population.
According to the Open Doors report, the number of international students at American colleges and universities increased by 3% to 690,923 during the 2009/10 academic year. “The United States continues to host more international students than any other country in the world,” said Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education. “Active engagement between U.S. and international students in American classrooms provides students with valuable skills that will enable them to collaborate across cultures and borders to address shared global challenges in the years ahead.”
The point is, if you can speak English, you have a great tool under your belt so go ahead and use it! The more you speak English, the more you’re actually practicing English. This tool is your ticket into some of the best colleges in America, career opportunities after graduation and global experience that you can bring back home with you.
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Stay tuned for next week’s post by our favorite guest blogger, Hussain Nayani, which talks about questions prospective international students should ask American Representatives.