The problem of learning languages is very important today. Foreign
languages are socially demanded especially at the present time when the
progress in science and technology has led to an explosion of knowledge
and has contributed to an overflow of information. The total knowledge of
mankind is known to double every seven years. Foreign languages are needed
as the main and most efficient means of information exchange of the people
of our planet.
Today English is the language of the world. Over 350 million people speak
it as a mother tongue. The native speakers of English live in Great
Britain, the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand. English
is one of the official languages in the Irish Republic, Canada, the South
African Republic. As a second language it is used in the former British
and US colonies.
It is the major international language for communication in such areas as
science, technology, business and mass entertainment. English is one of
the official languages of the United Nations Organization and other
political organization. It is the language of the literature, education,
modern music, international tourism.
Russia is integrating into the world community and the problem of learning
English for the purpose of communication is espicially urgent today.
Learning a foreing language is not as easy thing. It is a long and slow
process that takes a lot of time and patience. But to know English is
absolutely necessary for every educated person, for every good specialist.
It is well known that reading books in the original , listening to the BBC
news, communicating with the English speaking people will help a lot. When
learning a foreign language you learn the culture and history of the
native speakers. One must work hard to learn any foreign language.