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I could talk for a while on this, but in all honesty, I only see the other side of ESL learning, the ones who do make the effort to learn. But what about the ones back in their home countries who don’t learn English? Do they become successful?
Sounds such a naïve statement to say the least, the answer is ….of course! Learning a language doesn’t mean you will automatically become more successful than if you don’t. But when you think about it, it can sure help things along!
Success is a very different thing to different people. If we are talking about money, there is no reason why a non English speaking person cannot be successful in their own world in their own field. If we are talking about positions of power, again, there is no reason why someone who speaks only their own language can’t do well. Also of course there is the successful sportsperson, the successful business person inside a country and successful local politician. As well as this on another tack there is a successful family person, a successful friend-maker, a successful parent. All these things have nothing to do with English. So yes, of course, English is not the golden ticket to success in any field.
But if you are someone who wants to travel or expand your mind or outlook, English can be one of the greatest assets.
What do you think? Can people who learn English be more successful than those who don’t?