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Never, would I attempt to claim that I have perfect English language skills. English is my first language, and I have always maintained a certain interest in the subject, but I am by no means the best writer in the world. However, I have noticed that I have a better grasp of the English language than many people, especially in my age group, do. This specific command over the English language has given me an advantage in many other areas of life. If you feel like your English skills are "efficient enough", and you don't need to put any efforts towards improving, I am going to lay out a few points that might just change your mind, today.
1) Good English skills make you seem more professional.
When you have good English skills, you are more likely to be confident in what you say and type. You don't second guess yourself, or hesitate, as often. When an individual is sure of themselves, they automatically become more convincing, and they appear more professional. Also, you will more than likely have a chance to communicate with your clients or employers before you are actually assigned a task. It is crucial that you can communicate clearly and fluently with these individuals. The way you communicate will be a representation of the way you will work. So, improving your English skills will, in turn, improve your reputation and level of professionalism.
2) Improving your English skills will improve your problem-solving skills.
Problem-solving skills are something that potential employers look closely for. As a professional, you need to be able to think quickly, and handle tough situations appropriately, no matter what your line of work entails. Consider the following question:
Sarah lives in a single story, pink house.
The walls are pink. The floors are pink. The ceiling is pink.
The kitchen is pink. The bedroom is pink. The bathroom is pink.
The television is pink. The stove is pink. The couch is pink.
What color are the stairs?
This is riddle that has been around for quite a while. Most people will be quick to answer: "The stairs are pink.", but truthfully, that is not the correct answer. In the very first line of the riddle, the house is described as being a "single story, pink house". If the house has only one level, there is no reason for there to be stairs. Individuals with better English skills tend to pay more attention to detail. They are also more prone to understand the multiple meanings of certain words. While it is true, you may not need to solve this riddle in your place of business, you will have to use the same thought process to solve real-life problems. Problem-solving is a valuable skill, and improving your English skills can help you develop that.
3) English is spoken in most big cities around the world, though a bit differently in each.
No matter what country you travel to, you will most likely be able to find someone who understands at least a little English. However, they may speak English a bit differently than you. Lad, Cheeky, and Love are all words that are used a bit differently in the UK than they are in the US. To have a full grasp on the English language, it is best to study the way each culture uses the language in its own way. Even within the United States, you will find difference in the language. Ain't and Y'all aren't proper English, but they are a staple in southern English. I wouldn't encourage you to use those words in professional writing, but if someone else were to use them, you would be better off knowing exactly what they meant, instead of having to look it up. Having an international understanding of the English language gives you a big advantage in the workforce.