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BATANG MINDANAW: English language: Connecting people, improving lives

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — Look at the world around you right now. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Now look again and try to imagine what it would be like if it is filled with people who don’t understand what the others are saying because they in speak different tongues. Wouldn’t it be dreadful?

It might even be the cause of another world war. Chaos would be everywhere and soon enough the era of man would fall apart. Fortunately, we have an international language: English.

For years, we have lived quite harmoniously with other races because there is English to accommodate our need for communication. We may not share the same nationality, but at least we share a common language.

The English language has helped in so many ways more than we could even imagine. It has made countless nations prosper. It has brought humanity to great peaks of accomplishment. Through this language we have done life-changing things that have surpassed the expectations of our ancestors. English is a golden string that binds us all.

In this modern world that aims for globalization, being able to speak English is as important as the fuel is to a vehicle. Without that “fuel” progress would be hindered.

Many local companies right now only have people who know how to speak English well. It’s very important especially when you’re dealing with foreign clients. It’s important when you’re welcoming and entertaining tourists visiting the country. English language is imperative if we want our country to attain the progress it’s craving for.

Through English, bloody and brutal wars have been avoided because countries resort to peace talks instead. That way, negotiations are settled not through guns and bullets but through words of friendship.

See? Other people may think that trying to learn English is just a waste of time, but when you know it, you’ll realize how countless opportunities would be opened for you. It unites people of different races, making the have the heart to help another and accept their differences.

English is awesome. Without it the world that we live in wouldn’t be as good as it is today. (Alexandria M. Mordeno, 13, is a sophomore science curriculum student at Bukidnon National High School in Malaybalay City.)

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