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How English changed my life !

Nice to meet you πŸ˜‰
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Hi everyone,
Today, I will speak about the importance of the English in the IT field.

Why English ?

If I can write articles to you today, it is because at one point in my life, I understood that without English I wouldn't go far and hopefully I was right.πŸ™Œ

I think I am not wrong if I say that, today, English is the most spoken language in the world and the first way of communication between people of different nationalities.

This language has become a universal language, it allows me, a Belgian student, to speak to you from all over the world.

According to this article, English will represent 80% of the data on the Internet !

It also allows teams of different nationalities, or who simply speak another language, to cooperate in a company.

For example, in Belgium, we have three official languages.
French, Dutch and German.
Generally, you'll be asked to speak one of these three languages and English; English being the default language implicitly.

And in IT ?

In IT, this is even more true!
Most of the resources you will be looking for will be in English.

Small anecdote:
At 12-13 years old, I wanted to learn how to play with arduino's. But, at that time, it was difficult to find tutorials, documentation in French (arduino being basic Italian). I remember that only one site was French-speaking. It was or something like that. But when you clicked on the link it would send you back to a 503 error.... It was quite frustrating, and that's when I decided to learn English at the same time as Arduino. English being more useful for my projects in the future.

And it helped me a lot, whether at school where I didn't have to learn the vocabulary or in my learning of programming language, or computer science in general.

English is so important in our field that someone has even written a wiki about it. πŸ˜‚


Today, I'm able to write posts with spelling mistakes, but the main thing is that you understand most of the time πŸ˜…

English has helped me a lot when I was looking for work and I think it will remain an asset.

Without English, I would never have known so much in IT and I would never have been able to write these lines and that's why I'm constantly trying to improve myself.

By the way, do you have any tips and tricks to improve my spoken English, when I have to read or write someting in english, I "easily" find my words, but when I am in front of someone, or the worst, a phone call, I have trouble finding my words.

As you will have understood, I strongly advise you to consider English as a crucial skill and to constantly improve this skill.

Thank you very much and Merry Christmas!

Feel free to share your experience or give your opinion! πŸ˜ƒ

Discussion (9)

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Jean-Michel Plourde • Edited

I'm French Canadian. In north America, being a native French speaker means that you will need to learn English to do anything once you got out of the province.

I learned to read and write in English while playing video games when I was a kid. I played Runescape and every objects you hovered your mouse to would display the name in the top corner, so it helped broaden my grammar. Then I had the obligatory English classes. Then I continued to read books in English, play video games in English, watch movies and YouTube videos.

When I slowly started to get involved in the IT world, I understood quickly that English is essential. When I started my IT tech diploma and now my IT engineering diploma, it's a fact that rnish is the main language in IT.

I'm at a point now that I fluently understand English, my writting is good but not too complex. As for my speaking skills, since I still live in a French speaking city, I don't often have the opportunity to practice, but watching and listening to English material makes me quite a good speaker nonetheless.

I now prefer to watch movies and TV series in their original version and most of my books are in English.

yafkari profile image
Younes Author

Yes, video games and series, videos, ... are good ways to learn English, it helps a lot.

I thought all the cities in Canada were bilingual, you teach me something !

Thank's for sharing !

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Jean-Michel Plourde • Edited

In Canada, it's the government that offers bilingual services. The majority speaks English and will never learn French. A minority speaks French.

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Younes Author

Ah okay, so it's a myth πŸ˜‚.

Thank's for the precision 😁.

mehprog profile image

Welcome friend !!
English language is so important in all fields. without it we will never learn anything that is new, for me i can't live my life without reading atleast one article in my daily routine.
Speaking fluency is a skill and if you want to be good at this skill you need to practice it... so you need to speak without thinking just speak try to speak with your self first and then search for someone to speak with him... there is a lot of tips on google search how to improve speaking fluency skill.
Good luck :)

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Younes Author

Same !

Thank's for the advice πŸ˜‹

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Nans Dumortier

I'm from France, and I must say it's a huge issue for many developers here. Many of them really struggle with English (or don't want to learn it al all).
It's so awkward to see them googling in French for IT related subjects ...

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Younes Author • Edited

I'm from Belgium, same story πŸ˜‚πŸ‘Œ

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Walter Lensinas

I'm agree with you, I still learning english for get a better job and maybe relocate in other city.