language and culture
Exploring English: language and culture
© British Council 2014
: Hi. My name’s Nicole and I’ll be working with you on this course.
Now, people often say that English is a world language and it’s true that English is spoken
all over the world. This week, we’ll look at some of the reasons why
English is a world language.
By the end of the week, you’ll be able to talk an
d write more fluently about why
you’re learning English, and what English means to you.
We know that people learn English for many different reasons
to help them
communicate at work, to help them study courses in English or perhaps just for f
also know that learning English is not always easy
it can be hard work. We asked
people who’ve learnt English how they
about speaking English. Let’s have a look at
what they said:
Fernando from Brazil said:
In English I see myself as a
stronger and more confident man. I can hear changes in my
voice. It gets deeper and more ‘serious’. I think of myself as an older person when I speak
And this is what Anne
Lise from Denmark said:
English is a much richer, more subtle and more bea
utiful language than my mother
tongue. Speaking it makes me feel I’m the person I was always meant to be
And finally, Mahwish from Pakistan said:
Speaking English helps me to understand British culture and at the same time gives me a
of my own culture from other people’s perspective.
We’ve heard some interesting ideas and opinions there. Speaking English can make
people feel like a ‘different, older person’ or, as Anna said, ‘Speaking English makes me
feel like the person I was meant
those are quite strong feelings.
But how about you? Did you agree with any of our learners? Or perhaps you completely
disagreed. I’d like you now to think about how
feel about English.