Is English necessary to excel in life

@manojt2 (179)
India
May 9, 2010 10:09pm CST
Hi friends, I am from India and there is a deadly craze to speak in English. Moreover, english speakers even though with little talent grab job opportunities from those who are more talented, but can't speak english well. These guys are deprived of fine education due to their economic status and somehow manage to complete the education. I have seen these guys having good analytical skills, management skills, good logical thinking. Only drawback is that they are not good in english communication. I have found this only in India. In all other countries, they have their education in their respective mother tongues and still these countries are excelling well than India. Good example is of Japan, China, Germany etc. Its a puzzle why in India a good english speaking person is considered talented, while the opponent is deprived of a good job. Any answers?
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@jap468 (106)
• United States
10 May 10
I am from India to, but i live in America I think it is somewhat necessary to speak English properly. They good thing I have seen here is nobody has criticized anyone in my family because they couldn't speak properly.
@manojt2 (179)
• India
12 May 10
Hi there. Good to know. But that is in America and I am speaking about the issue in India. In India not knowing good english in some companies is looked as a drawback. Those who are good at speaking english and are always chirping worthless issues are considered smart.
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@alexies29 (124)
• Philippines
10 May 10
The need to speak in English should not be taken negatively. It is necessary to be able to communicate effectively with other people around the world. People in Japan, China, Germany, etc., managed to succeed on their own because they've rich resources. Their country is already on the top. But it will be a disadvantage for them not to be able to speak in English whenever they'd want to expand or to become successful outside of their country. Philippines and India on the other hand, are taught to speak English properly so that employment with the huge US companies will be easy. Actually, it's not only with the US companies, but for all other companies around the world that offer great opportunities.
@manojt2 (179)
• India
12 May 10
Even India is rich in resources. I mean to stress the point that here a person who is not able to speak good english is ignored and all these guys later develop an inferiority complex that "we cannot do". And I have examples of non-english speakers who are well established and that too without depending on the US or any other country, well only on the resources available in India. They speak only their native language. I am aware that to go forward english language or any other foreign language should be learned as a powerful tool. But those who can't speak english well but are talented should not be deprived of opportunities.
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@zyxel999 (44)
• China
10 May 10
hehe, I think that speak English is more important especially in a foreign countries. Just at airport shopping mall and other common places. If you want to get opportunity in Globe companies, understand clearly and fluent speak English are very important. I learned it on myself in foreign countries for business. So i want to improve my English from this website, sorry to my poor english, maybe somebody can point out my mistakes.
@mlynch43 (13)
• United States
10 May 10
I wouldn't say it was absolutely necessary, but it can be a huge advantage depending on what line of work you are pursuing. English is becoming somewhat the international language around the globe. Want proof? Visit any major international airport and you will see at least two languages posted. The native one for the country your in and English. I learned this on first trip to Asia. I was worried about not finding my way around in a foreign airport. Much to my surprise, information was posted in English and the attendants spoke it as well.
@umabharti (3976)
• India
10 May 10
hi,yes english is a global language and everyone should and must know the language which can help us where ever we go.We might have our mother tongue and all have respect for it.Talent is there in every individual.English is requirement in nowadays
• Philippines
10 May 10
It actually depends on how you use English as a language. But its not necessary to excel in life. I think its still hard work. English is just your tool to communicate properly. But sometimes, English speaker get most of the job as they can communicate properly and can be understood by a lot of people.
@zralte (4186)
• India
10 May 10
English, being the universal language, is obviously necessary to get ahead in life. Especially in these days and age, everything is international. I have to respectfully disagree with you that in India, people who don't speak good English are not given opportunity. Yes, the opportunity is limited for those who can't communicate properly in English, but it is there. I have a small manufacturing unit in India, and I speak only a little bit of Hindi, so it is quite difficult for me to communicate with someone who does not speak English. But I still employ people who does not speak a word of English because they are good at what they do. Obviously I don't employ those people to speak to my customers. 90% my manufacturing employees don't speak English. And let me tell you, some of them earn a lot more than those English speaking-working in a call centre jobs. Saying that, on the office front and customer care, I cannot employ Non- English speaker simply because it does not make sense. If they can't communicate with my customers, what is their use?*5 To summarise, yes, there is more opportunity for people with good English. But I don't necessarily employ people who can speak English. It's all there is a time and place for everything.
@cncoke (439)
• China
10 May 10
In Many countries the people speak English at least the coutries studies the language as the second language , English is important to us to learn,we can use it here and there.
@udaymohan (437)
• India
10 May 10
Yes, I agree with you that there is a craze for english in India. You should also know that a commercial exploitation is also taking place by opening schools/colleges where only english spoken. But you should also know that there are several Countries in the world where english is not that important. However, english has become important because of internation relation.
• United Kingdom
10 May 10
I think that English is a very common language and there are many people all over the world that look at English as being their main language. I love the English language and I do feel that it's important to know English and know it well. It's important to read as well as write in the English language. There are two sides to every coin though and there are lots of opportunities I'm sure if you don't speak English but excel in another area perhaps. In other countries if another language is used then maybe the person can do well in that country and that country alone, it just means that won't have the opportunity to travel as they only have the one language which excludes English. Andrew
@084164 (3)
• India
10 May 10
English as we know is a universally accepted language.Even I am a indian and I know that in a developing country like India, speaking good english is very important.Some of the countries like Japan,China,Germany use their mother tongue more and dont give more priority to english. But this is mainly because they have got good job opportunities in thier own country itself. But we Indians go in search of jobs to foreign countries like USA,UK,Canada,Australia etc, which are english speaking countries.Moreover most of the MNC's are established in India which give importance to english.So I would suggest every Indian to have a fluency in english to improve their carreer and get better job stremes.
@mjanakha (479)
• United Arab Emirates
10 May 10
English has been admitted as a common language through out India. India has the policy unity in diversity. ulike japan or china india has different languages through out the country. Its difficult to see like this in a different country. So for information exchange India needed a common language among them. Though Hindi was accepted as the national language it was easy for English to spread as India has good connections internationally. Obviously it became a necessary for indians to study and be fluent in English. This was not the case of other countries you mentioned
• India
10 May 10
With economical growth English has b'come a neccesity these days Good to know To excel all u need is u'r will power n not english
• Philippines
10 May 10
english is an international language, here in my country we all know hoe to speak english although not all could be a good one. however to enter a job means to speak well the language this is to be able to talk to different kinds of people. i agree with you that you must love your own culture and native tongue first before learning the other ones. countries you mentioned above are well-developed because people are taught to love their own country though they are not complied to master english. hope other countries are also like these.
@kharlav (1673)
• Philippines
10 May 10
No, not really. Most of the people here in my country knows how to speak in English but our country is very poor. So I don't believe that it can excel ones life. I believe that it is only one of the important points to excel, but that alone could not make one progress or excel. I am currently tutoring English to a Korean. And according to her,some countries give bigger salaries for those who can speak English, like in Korea.