What is the Effect of English on your Life?


As an English Language Trainer, one of the first things I ask my clients is why they are learning English and what effect English has on their lives.

Photo: British Council
Photo: British Council

This is the same question that the British Council has asked and is asking in their new exhibition, “The English Effect”. On their website, there is a video where a few people from around the world were asked the question: ‘What does English mean to you?’. Here were some of their replies.

‘For me, English means’:

  • opportunities to travel
  • being connected to the rest of the world
  • a universal language
  • my working language
  • understanding the lyrics of all my favourite singers who are English speakers
  • I belong
  • a passport to the world
  • better career opportunities

Some, like Didier Drogba the footballer said that he simply wanted to learn English so that he could communicate with the world and for the pleasure of speaking it.

According to the British Council, over 1.5 billion people are learning English. That is one in seven of the world population. That is just incredible.

So, I’d like to ask you the same question – What is the Effect of English on your Life?

I’d love you to share your answers here on this blog post. I look forward to them.

Ciao for now.


Source: British Council Website



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24 thoughts on “What is the Effect of English on your Life?”

  1. I love speaking and listening to English. Also, it is the only trade I know. so, I try to develop my skills to meet the needs of the changing world in which we live.

  2. Great article. If it weren’t for English, I would do 1/4 of the things I do everyday. From teaching to writing my dissertation, I spend the greatest (and best) part of my life using English <3

  3. I love English….I’ve loved it since I was a little girl…every day I read something in English just for pleasure, I always listen on the web people talking in English and when I can I also try to speak it!
    On holiday I generally visit countries where English is the first language or where I know people use it a lot!

    1. Wow, you are committed learner, Mariateresa! Congratulations. I must do the same with my Italian. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks to the English language I was able to communicate – many, many years ago – with the person who became my future husband and gave me a wonderful life and three wonderful children ! So the effect of English on my life has been pretty devastating….in the positive sense obviously, let’s say quite ‘encompassing’.
    Besides that, it is fascinating forinstance the fact that in that language you can pronounce, let’s say, the vowel U in three different ways, it could drive you crazy, which actually could be quite beneficial because it would prepare you for the current state of this world!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this blog, Rosy. You are right about English Pronunciation. It drives most of my clients crazy!
      By the way, your English is excellent.


  5. I loved to find this site to be able to learn English language. I’m from Brazil and I’m happy to know you.

    1. I’m so pleased you found my site. I do hope you find it helpful. You can always subscribe to my blog if you want to receive regular posts directly to your Inbox.
      Great to meet you.

  6. I just recently found your blog and started to go through the posts sistematically (they are awesome, by the way). What does English mean in my life? Quite a lot. :) Firstly, it’s a must for my work but I consider that secondary. To my mind, English just puts the whole world in your hands, it’s a great help for travelling and for getting to know people from other countries. And last, but most definitely not least, you don’t have to wait for the new Stephen King book (and many others) to be translated. 😉 Beside these, English gives me a constant challenge as no matter how much I work on it there is always something new to learn. As a future regular on your blog, I’d like to thank you for helping me making my English less textbook-like. :) Keep up the good work. :)

    1. Beautifully put, Zsuzsi.
      May I firstly congratulate you on your excellent English. All that practice and Stephen King books are certainly paying off!
      That is the beauty of language. You never stop learning a language even your own native language.
      Thank you very much for reading my posts and for the wonderful compliment. I’m thrilled you’ve decided to subscribe to my blog.
      Lovely to ‘meet’ you.

  7. Dear Shanthi,
    I’m new on your weblog and I think my English is worth than all friends that come here and leave comments for you, but I decided to don’t scare about saying wrong I should speak to reach my goal, you asked how English can effect in my life? Honestly, I immigrated to another country for continuing my education, people here don’t speak in English but my university is in English, I’m not well in English and it had bad effect in my life I couldn’t communicate with other people very well, I couldn’t present my idea to my supervisor and finally I was not satisfy from myself, now I decide to improve my language knowledge, and I need your assist, please help me and shows me how I should start it?

    Thanks in advance;

  8. i think English is very important language over the word , i speack french well but i am interesting to learn English

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