Richard finds out about all the different kinds of English and talks to some of the hundreds of thousands of students who come to Great Britain to learn English every year.

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It's probably a shame but I don't really know why English is the most widespread language in the world and I guess It is mainly because I didn't really like history at school.
I think when you are in an environment of any language you learn you experience the greatest possible amount of it everyday. You see it, hear it and speak it on a daily basis even during the most common routine.
I would definitely like to study English in the UK because I've always liked the language and the country and with the information that British Council provides I like it even more now.
If I were to UK I would go to as much places as possible, but of course London is
the first one to visit.

It's true that English is the world's most widely used language, and such a language my life in China. For example, if you speak frequency English, you may have more chance finding a higher pay job in Shanghai. As for me, I learn English mostly because of interest, and my major requires language skills. On the other hand, learn English in an English speaking country is very helpful. Since one can enjoy an English environment and culture, if one is motivational and make enough effort on learning English, I believe the person can surely learn it well. However, I will check out whether it's right like I thought after studying the University of Bath on October this year.

Hi The LearnEnglish Team,
First of all, thank you so much for your great resources that helps me a lot in learning English. Recently, after every lesson, I can't view as many comments as I can before. I tried opening your website on both tablet and desktop but the results are the same. I also tried refreshing, reloading the webpage but it can't help. I wonder whether this website is under construction.

Hi van_nguyen,

I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with accessing parts of the site. It sounds like a strange problem - am I right in understanding that the problem is related to the comments by users at the bottom of most pages, not to the content on the pages (the language information, the media, the tasks and the transcript)? In other words, are the pages working for you apart from the comments? If so, what do you mean that you cannot see 'as many comments' as before? Can you see some comments, but not so many as you used to see?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter M,
It's exactly related to the users' comments at the bottom of pages. This part, for example, totally has 6 pages of comments, but I can see only the 5 latest. The rest, which just display the avatars and names of users, have no content. This strange thing has not happened to me before.

Hello van_nguyen,

Thank you for the clarification. That is very strange and, now that you mention it, I notice the same thing in my browser so it is not a local issue. I'll look into this and get back to you when I find out the cause.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Wow, it works again and now I can read full content of this section. Thank you so much for your help.

I think English language is used very widely 'cause it isn't so difficult to learn the grammar, for example. For me, that's just easier than German, Russian or Chinise. What's more, lots of countries were the UK's colonies so they had to speak English. When you're studeing English in an English-speaking country, you're connecting with people living there. I'd really love to study English in the UK. I'd like to live in London and I'd like to visit some interesting places and historical sets. I'd also like to meet Felps. They're twins and they're absolutely brilliant!

For my opinion,learning English in an English speaking country is the most efficient way of learning it. I am from Turkey and i have attended many English courses since from my childhood. After courses for a short time i could speak English fluently but then it was diffucult to show same performance. Because if you are speaking in English for two hours in a day, other times you are speaking, listening your main language. So it is diffucult to improve your English. In an English speaking country the learnin period will be more quickly. And other point, learning English is an not speaking country is not effective on speaking skills. Learning pronocuation is the most diffucult part of English for me.
I would like to go to London for learning English. When i was in London, even i stayed only ten days, my English levels were so different between first day and 10. day. I remembered i could hardly understand airport officers at the airport but after staying ten days there i could understand people better. Speaking English, listening English was effective on my English even in 10 days. So my choice will be London to learn English next time.

People have greater need for communication today. This need is existing so broadly, in science, technology, finance, and many other areas. This is because we are living more tightly together than any time before.

In English speaking countries, learners have opportunities to experience how the language is used lively in different situations. I used to regard English as a subject, like physics or chemistry. What is printed in the text books is the rule and is always true and correct. But now I see English as a language which is used by people, and people can be different. So English has a set of rules which is grammar and spelling, above that most people following a customed pattern, but very creative writers or users or pioneers in internet or youth language using them out of the boundaries.

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