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English - A Big Asset
Choi Yoo-jin Editor-in-Chief  |  splendid10@uos.ac.kr
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[0호] 승인 2007.03.20  
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Nowadays, English has becomethe language people must learnand practice. There are even somepeople who strive for not only theEnglish language but others such asChinese, Japanese, French or Spanish.

Many surveys have revealed that peoplewho speak better English gethigher salaries than people with lessEnglish. It would not be an over exaggerationto describe these hectic timesas `the English Chaos`.

As the world is becoming small erand smaller , the importance of languages, especially English, is growingdramatically. However, Asians are in more difficult position when it comes to speak ing English tha n Europeans. It is not hard to find Europeans who can speak twoor three languages.

It was an unforgettable experience to seeEuropeans who work on Eurostar speaking French and Englishat the same time without hesitation. Some may claim thisreflects the effect the West has on the world, but it is a goodexample and shows that we cannot neglect the importance oflanguages.Many students study and put lots of effort into acquiringbetter scores in TOEFL, TOEIC or TEPS.

However, despite theincreased percentages of higher education and foreign study,it`s harder to find people with fluent English than people withhigh English scores. Don`t you think it`s rather ironic?

Thesame happens with second languages that we learned in secondaryschools.Then what` s the solution? We have to get away from narrow minded perspective sthat consider English as just arequirement to get a better job or for government exams, withoutrealizing its importance.

English is one of the conditionswe all have to stick to and it gives us lots of benefits. Somemay ask, where are the benefits? They are not that far away from us . Student scantryout for proud programs of th eUniversity of Seoul that require English-speaking abilitiessuch as Global Cities Program, Global Leadership Program orInternational Summer School.It wouldn` t be a bad investment to put our efforts into notonly English, but also other languages.

Efforts in languagewill pay off and be the bridge to success and self-improvement.It will not only color our youth but also broaden our perspectives.After all, we all know that the ability to speak otherlanguages is a big asset.
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