One Million Reasons #WeLoveAE

Posted by Kerri S. Hannan
March 18, 2015
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“English is a passport to explore the world!” – English language learner, United Arab Emirates.

People around the world are eager to learn English for many reasons, including improved economic opportunities, expanded access to information on the internet, and the opportunity to join a global community of learners. The U.S. Department of State has made providing opportunities to learn English and engage virtually with other learners a priority. Through our American English Facebook page, our audience around the world is able to improve their English skills, explore different cultures, share ideas, and exchange views -- all without needing a passport. 

Recently, we asked our almost 1,000,000 followers, “Why is English important to you?” They overwhelmed us with the number of responses. Here are the top five reasons from our followers: 

#5: “I speak English with people from different countries, continents, cultures, and religions.” –Argentina

The American English Facebook page has built a virtual community with people from all over the world where diversity and differing perspectives are accepted.

#4: “I’ve dramatically expanded my perspectives.” –Brazil

English will take us to new horizons of knowledge, awareness, peace, and friendship.” –Iran

The American English Facebook page is a space where people break down barriers, create new relationships, and share ideas across the globe.

#3 “English makes me more confident.” –Vietnam

English empowers learners. Our community encourages followers to challenge themselves and then celebrates their successes.    

#2: “I am thankful for English because it helps me a lot in my career.” –Brazil

Many of our learners understand that learning English is key to getting ahead in a global economy.  English is also the language of technology, science and academia. 

#1: “English brings us together to a world of unity and peace…Everybody is somebody with value and rights.” –Madagascar

English enables our followers to learn about different cultures, viewpoints, and histories.  

The American English Facebook page gives students access to English language materials and promotes a learning community that opens doors and bridges nations.  Together through English, our Facebook followers are helping to shape their own lives, their communities, and the world.  Our nearly one million followers are the reasons English is important to us. Why is English important to you? Will you be our one-millionth fan?

About the Author: Kerri Hannan serves as Director of the Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  For more information about ECA programs, follow @ECAatState on Twitter.

 

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Youssef A.
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Syria
March 19, 2015
Learning English helps me to explore the western civilization culture and expand my knowledge about how to deal with Americans so as to improve my personality, thoughts and behavior.
abdulla a.
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Jordan
March 19, 2015
I have spoken English since about 20 years, I was very weak in English even the people I met used to be lost with me. Bus since i knew how much English is important for understanding the whole world,billions of people , and a huge various scientific wealth, so i started improving it daily and yet I still need to learn more everyday. thanks for your webpage and all respect for your hard work on teaching us English.
eduardo m.
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Mexico
March 19, 2015
With the english i can watch films ,meet people ,understand information in english, so what more can i say? We can use the english in everything..is important like maths..
Rozineide R.
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Pennsylvania, USA
March 24, 2015
This's class
Carlos J.
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Dominican Republic
March 24, 2015
English is just a Great part of me, Love it!!!
omar a.
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Lebanon
March 24, 2015
English is a wide spread language.so it is essential in communication with different people and cultures....
Cesar K.
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Peru
March 24, 2015
I love English because it´s given me all in life. I got my means of making a living by teaching it, and then thanks to English I got to meet my wife with whom I formed a family. Because of English I´ve travelled to many countries in the world and have met friends, whom I am still in touch with, not only in Peru but all over the world. All my good and not so good experiences in life revolve around English. If I hadn´t decided to study English, I wouldn´t have become who I am now, that is, a happy person.
Martita G.
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Costa Rica
March 24, 2015
English is and has been important to me as my surving tool in life, teaching it. Besides I know its deepest meaning and force. I really love English.
lina s.
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Syria
March 24, 2015
English can help us to set our openions free, broadly. It's the languages of everyday,its smooth influencial and practical
Bren D.
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Mexico
March 24, 2015
English is very important to me, because it has been an open door to comunicate with many other people, from other cultures and countries, and learn about them :D
Isabel S.
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Pennsylvania, USA
March 24, 2015
Is important to me because I'm married with an American man, so english break down the communication barrier, I feel more confident, I'm learning different cultures and in the future I'll find a job, so I'm thankful to learn english
Isabel S.
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Pennsylvania, USA
March 24, 2015
Is important to me because I'm married with an American man, so english break down the communication barrier, I feel more confident, I'm learning different cultures and in the future I'll find a job, so I'm thankful to learn english
Ruben D.
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Mexico
March 24, 2015
English has always been important to me as it has been a way of making communication barriers vanish from one culture to another. At first I took English at school because I wanted to be able to understand the music I liked and read things or communicate with people when traveling abroad. It was my loving it so much that made me later devote my life to teaching it and enjoy seeing my students become more and more proficient when speaking in a language that wasn't their mother tongue. English has rewarded me in many ways, and as with every language around the world, there's always something new you can learn to enrich what you already know.
Menad Y.
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Algeria
March 24, 2015
unfortunattely, not yet travelled, thanks to english for taking me where i want.
Shankar P.
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Nepal
March 24, 2015
American English Provides me to know American Values & Assumption.
danica u.
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Serbia
March 24, 2015
Apart from the reasons you mentioned in this wonderful.article,I could only add that English helps both teachers and learners to understand each other's thoughts and teach the teachers how to be better as lecturers and persons.Bridging the gaps intertwines with the fact that although many native English speakers are not aware that small countries like mine exist even-we are as good and as educated as them,if not more.We are a part of a much larger community-learning one,and that's the privilige no one can take from us. :)
hira k.
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Pakistan
March 24, 2015
English is very important for everyone...I like to learn English because its help me to build my confidence and now I can talk with different countries people without hesitation ,,,I can use internet and get information easily..I want to learn more and more. Thanks to American English you guys doing a great job. God bless U :)
Khalil A.
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Turkey
March 24, 2015
The english is the life
Jack t.
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Burma
March 25, 2015
English is a key to all knowledge.
Eduardo V.
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Spain
March 25, 2015
I decided in 2012 to increase my studies to specialise in international trade business. My goal is to become an international trade technician. To get close to this goal, I first have to reach an upper-intermediate level in both English and French. In relation to French, I've already reached this objetive. However, I'd like to reach an advanced level. In relation to English, I've started to study it one year ago. My English level is more limited than French, but I've already succeeded with the intermediate test. In fact, I'm doing an intensive course, because I'd like to reach the upper-intermediate level in early May of this year. I think that it's a little bit ambitious. However, I'm really convince that I'll succeed :)
Ambar N.
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Pakistan
March 27, 2015
English is the language which breaks all the barriers of communication. It is the common language spoken and understood worldwide. English language makes my survival smooth as It also gives me the confidence to interact with the whole world. It doesn't give me an alien feeling to be cut off the world. This is the English language which enabled me to see the world and meet new people. #WeLoveAE
Debra K.
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Massachusetts, USA
March 27, 2015
You should share your insights with Americans, perhaps on this site. It is not easy to see one's own assumptions, as I am sure you know.
hisham e.
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Sudan
March 28, 2015
Very nice english programe if you are provide us with some vedios it is better
Radouane N.
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New York, USA
March 28, 2015
Please help me to improve my English
hung n.
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Vietnam
March 28, 2015
English brings logical thinking to learner. Learning English makes me joint to other culture which definitely different to Vietnamese culture. It also help us communicating with other people in different countries more easier.
ines k.
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Tunisia
March 28, 2015
i love english bc i like how it sounds :)
mohammad a.
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Afghanistan
March 28, 2015
English is very important to me. i am really happy to know English among my friends. it is the language of everything so easily i can communicate with others.i want continue my education so it is absolutely need
Thanh N.
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Vietnam
March 28, 2015
english help you get more opportunity in my life such as : English can help me get a scholarship to go to abroad or You can get a career at work.... so that I think the English is very important to everyone.
Sunds S.
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Iraq
March 28, 2015
Thanks a lot I learned a lot from your site
sara l.
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Morocco
March 28, 2015
English is the lifeblood of languages,it is the key of integreting in the world,moreover it alows me to communicate easy without difficulties I hope to learn more and more this language because I find many difficulties to practise it

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