English is the most spoken language in the world; it is the most internationally acceptable language of business, trade and communication. The importance of learning English cannot be overplayed as over 800 million people already speak it as a foreign language. For millions of professionals who work in international environment it is crucial to learn English in order to succeed in what they do. Engineers, programmers and other technical professionals should not avoid learning functional English as it will help them improving their career prospects.
Why learn it?
As a technical professional you need to learn English as it is widely used in all technical documentation, manuals, tutorials and other forms and records that you use at work. English is the most spoken language in the world for several reasons. First of all, you can communicate with anyone in English. People all over the world learn it in schools in order to get a better job in the future. Secondly, English is not only the widely spoken language in trade and commerce, it is impossible to imagine the IT and other technical sectors without English.
Remember that all the latest versions of popular software programs, social media websites and manuals are normally first released in English; therefore your knowledge of functional English would be more than useful. Different installation guides, product information and device manuals are usually available in English before they get translated to other languages.
How to use it?
Functional English vocabulary would allow you to expand your career perspectives. As a technical freelance professional you will be able to work wherever you are. You will have no boss and no strict working hours. You can decide when to work and when to take a break. You will sign contracts with clients all over the world while working on a project from your living room. First of all, you need to be able to learn some basics of English in order to communicate with your clients.
Most of the multinational corporations prefer working with people who speak English. Any employer would rather hire someone who speaks more than one language than someone who knows only his mother tongue. If you understand a little bit of English you should invest more time in improving your language skills.
Any engineer or an IT genius would only benefit from both technical and functional English knowledge. Try devoting extra time to learn nuances of technical English and perks of colloquial English.
Technical English is a simplified version of English. In order to use it you should understand how this language works. Try breaking down sentences into phrases or smaller groups of words. This way you will have a clear understanding of the text. Technical English has a very specific vocabulary that any tech professional should memorize. If you know the meaning of the main word in a sentence you will be able to guess the meaning of the entire sentence.
Our interconnected and globalized world requires certain knowledge of English. Anglo-Saxon dominance in the economic and technological fields has guaranteed the acceptance of English as one of the widely spoken languages. Therefore, you should not miss an opportunity to learn this language.
Guest Author: This is a post by Nate Miller who is a regular writer on tech, education and business. Currently he represents City and Guilds, a professional organization committed to increase functional skills literacy rate among professionals.