Why is English such an important language?
The international language
If you are looking to conduct business with international colleagues or clients, English translations are essential. English is the world’s most widely spoken language, counting native and non-native speakers. As such, it is commonly used when two speakers do not know each other’s language. Given English-speaking countries have the strongest economies in the world, English is key to business success.
English-speaking countries are home to the top universities in the world. The United Kingdom is home to not only Oxford and Cambridge University, but also to other world-renowned institutions belonging to the Russel Group. In the United States, the Ivy League schools promise excellent career opportunities. Many university applications require English translation of official documents. Equally, research is regularly published in English.
The language of the internet
There is a high quantity of media content published in English. This includes film, TV, books and music. Approximately 50% of the world’s most visited websites are also written in English. To access important materials on a range of topics, speaking English is essential. If you understand the language, you will also be able to communicate and share information with more people online. In many cases, the original content is translated to many other languages.
What makes English translations difficult?
The rules of English grammar are not known for being particularly challenging. However, once you have mastered the rules, you will notice that there are many exceptions. This includes syntax. English sentence order does not always follow the same pattern and it is often only native speakers who are able to intuitively understand the best way to say something. Exceptions also apply to spelling. For example, the spelling rule ‘i before e except after c’ does not apply in the words ‘science’ and ‘weirdness’.
English, like many languages, has its own expressions and idioms, often influenced by unique cultural elements. Expressions such as ‘it’s raining cats and dog’s’ are certainly not intended to be taken literally.
Do you know the difference between ‘put on’ and ‘put away’? A phrasal verb is a combination between a verb and another element, such as a particle, adverb or preposition. The same verb can have vastly different meanings once an additional element has been added. Phrasal verbs are idiomatic in nature and thus trying to interpret their meaning literally will not assist with understanding.