Interdean Explores Growing Use of the English Language

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The international moving specialists at Interdean have examined a recent survey which reveals that English is spoken at a “useful level” by 1 in 4 around the world.

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The study recognised the thousands of students who come to the UK each year to study English, contributing £2 billion a year to local and regional economies.

It has been reported in Expat Forum that as many as 1.75 billion people worldwide are currently using the English language, with this figure expected to rise to 2 billion by 2020. The report, which was carried out by the British Council also highlights the fact that there are considerably more non-native speakers than native speakers across the globe. The study recognised the thousands of students who come to the UK each year to study English, contributing £2 billion a year to local and regional economies.

Director of English and Examinations, Mark Robson stated that “English makes a significant contribution to sustainable global development. It eases trade between countries that do not share a common language.”

Offering international removals services to thousands of UK expats every year, Interdean understand the challenges that face those who make the decision to live in a new country. A representative from the firm explains how understanding the local language can break down the communication barrier that some expats face when moving overseas:

“Knowing that as much as a quarter of the world’s population can speak English to a useful degree should be encouraging for those planning to leave the UK. The smallest task can seem overwhelming when you are in a foreign country, so knowing that a growing number of people around the world speak the English language should be a comfort. However, wherever you’re planning on moving to, it is still advisable to try and grasp a basic understanding of your local language before you travel.”

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Interdean helps families, expats, backpackers, travellers and students moving overseas. Established in 1958, Interdean provides moving, storage, shipping, air freight services, excess baggage, visa and immigration, and full relocation services to worldwide destinations. Interdean is FIDI FAIM PLUS accredited and has over 123 offices worldwide.

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