There are about 375 million people who speak English as their first language (language learned from parents; first language we learn as a child). By some estimates (guesses based on available information), there are between half a billion and a billion people around the world who speak English as a second language (language learned after your first).
We all know that English is useful or important to you in some way, or else you wouldn’t be listening to ESL Podcast or reading this blog. But we thought it would be interesting to know your particular reason(s) for improving your English.
The poll below lists some of the most popular reasons. Check as many as applies to (is true for) you. If your reason isn’t listed, tell us in the comments.
P.S. A few of you have noted Jeff’s absence (being missing) from the blog recently. He has been very busy working on ESL Podcast projects for you, our listeners, and I am filling in (doing some of his work) in the meantime . However, like the Terminator, he’ll be back — soon.