Because English is a money language

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It is an irony of sorts that while English is really not the official language of our country, it occupies a status much more exalted than any of the other languages spoken within its geographical span. English has become all-pervasive in India and you can see it everywhere, right from food packets and billboards to conversations and English-speaking classes.

There is a distinct demand for English training courses both in the online and offline space. Why is fluency in the language such an ambition for many in our country? The first answer that comes to mind is that command over the English language carries with itself the promise of upward mobility both in the social as well as the economic context. This is not merely a perceived notion. There is empirical evidence to prove the fact. According to a study
 Indians who speak English fluently earn around 34% more in wages; and
 those who speak a little English earn around 13% more in wages than Indians who don’t speak the language at all.

In a whole lot of cases, interviewers have reported losing interest in the aspirant from the moment a grammatically wrong sentence is uttered by the latter. Since most of our official business in white collared jobs is conducted in the English language, it is self-evident that these interviewers are obviously judging the aspirant with respect to his fluency of the English language.

Knowing the language better just ups your chances of being received well in any interpersonal space – be it a private conversation or an official engagement. And this becomes even more pertinent because in order to promote a work culture that is free from the trappings of racial or regional colour, a neutral language like English acts as a great go-between for people who speak many different tongues.

The spoken communication aside, English is an international language, proficiency in which gives us greater reach, visibility and access to a host of things. What makes us such eager subscribers to the language is the plethora of options it opens up for us. There is no denying the fact that the audience who would be able to read this piece would be very limited if I chose to write it in my native language, which incidentally happens to be a dialect.

English language is a skill set that straddles across the entire range of careers that one might be pursuing today. Irrespective of what your profession may be, a certain level of expertise in English will form the barrier to your entry and growth thereafter. It has become imperative to be conversant in a language which dominates the career space, be it IT, education, administration, medicine or any other. If one wants to integrate better into the global organized sector, then English will definitely be the passport to one’s entry there.

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  • nausheen ricky

    bang on !!!
    No English No Scope
    Not only the language our obsession continues beyond, in terms of fair complexion, blonde hair, suits and skirts, anything which can be considered English.
    Is it the effect of colonial rule??