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English as a World Language

1. Today English is the language of the world.
2. It is only in the course of the last hundred years that English has become a world language.
3. In Shakespeare's time it was a «provincial» language of secondary importance with only 6 million native speakers.
4. Nowadays over 300 million people speak it as a mother tongue.
5. English is the official language of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the United States of America, of Australia and New Zealand.
6. It is used as one of the official languages in Canada, the Republic of South Africa and the Irish Republic.
7. English is also spoken as a second language in the former British and US colonies.
8. In a number of speakers (400 million) it is second only to Chinese.
9. English is the major international language of communication in such areas as science, technology and business.
10. It is the language of literature, education, modem music, and international tourism.
11. English is the major language of diplomacy, it is one of the official languages of the United Nation organization and other political organizations.
12. Russia is integrating into the world community and the problem of learning English for the purpose of communication is especially urgent today.
13. One should say that English is not an easy language to learn.
14. There is a big problem of spelling, of the large number of exceptions to any rule.
15. This language is very idiomatic and the prepositions are terrible.
16. English is one of those languages which may seem easy in the beginning, but then the bridge between basic knowledge and mastery takes a long time to cross.
17. But if you cross this bridge it will give you great satisfaction.
18. You will be able to speak to people from other countries, to read foreign authors in the original, which makes your outlook wider.
19. To know English today is absolutely necessary for every educated man, for every good specialist.

Английский язык - язык международного общения

1. В настоящее время английский язык является международным языком.
2. Английский язык приобрёл значение международного только в последние 100 лет.
3. Во времена Шекспира он представлял собой провинциальный язык второстепенного значения с шестью миллионами людей, говорящих на нём.
4. Сегодня более 300 миллионов людей в мире говорят на английском языке, как на родном.
5. Английский язык является государственным языком Соединённого Королевства Великобритании и Северной Ирландии, Соединённых Штатов Америки, Австралии и Новой Зеландии.
6. Им пользуются в качестве одного из государственных языков в Канаде, в Южно-Африканской республике и в Ирландии.
7. Английский язык является вторым государственным языком в прежних британских и американских колониях.
8. По количеству говорящих (400 миллионов) он уступает только китайскому языку.
9. Английский язык - основной язык международного общения в таких областях как наука, технология, бизнес.
10. Это язык литературы, образования, современной музыки, международного туризма.
11. Английский язык является основным языком в дипломатии, это один из официальных языков в Организации Объединённых Наций и других политических организациях.
12. Россия интегрирует (стремится к объединению) в мировое сообщество, и проблема изучения английского с целью общения особенно актуальна сегодня.
13. Кто-то может сказать, что английский трудный для изучения язык.
14. Существуют трудности в овладении орфографией из-за большого количества исключений из правил.
15. Этот язык изобилует идиоматическими выражениями, а предлоги кажутся непреодолимым препятствием.
16. Английский - один из тех языков, который может показаться лёгким для изучения в начале, но путь между начальным курсом обучения и владением языком в совершенстве требует длительного времени.
17. И если вы преодолеете этот путь, вы почувствуете огромное удовлетворение.
18. Вы сможете общаться с людьми других стран, читать книги иностранных писателей в оригинале, что, несомненно, расширит ваш кругозор.
19. Сегодня знание английского языка необходимо каждому квалифицированному специалисту.

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