What’s your company’s English proficiency?

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English across countries and industries.

In today’s globalized economy, language skills can play a crucial role. Miscommunication in the aviation industry can prove fatal. No doubt about it. It is reported that more than 1,000 deaths in plane crashes have been caused by communication failures.

But lack of communication might have disastrous consequences in other businesses, too.

This is why, more and more companies in different industries around the world are recognizing the need for a common language. Harvard Business Review has recently published research which shows that countries with higher English proficiency tend to be more innovative and have stronger economies.

The research was followed by a global study of English proficiency in workforce, in which 510,000 professionals across 16 major industries in 40 countries were surveyed.

What are its findings? Take a look and find your country in the statistics:

There’s still room for improvement, isn’t there?


  • a crucial role – a very important role – kluczowa rola
  • to prove – to turn out to be – okazać się
  • workforce – people working for a company – siła robocza
  • to stack up – to compare with something else – porównywać
  • a default language – a standard language – domyślny język
  • proficiency – the ability to do something very well – biegłość
  • major industries – main industries – główne dziedziny przemysłu
  • to uncover – to reveal – ujawnić
  • to vary – to be different – różnić się
  • workforce – all the people in a country who are able to do a job – siła robocza
  • to lack in – to not have something – brakować
  • consistently– always, agreeing with the previous facts – konsekwentnie
  • plenty of room for – a lot of space – przestrzeń do
  • on average – usually, or based on an average – średnio
  • to attend university – to go to university – studiować
  • age gap – difference in age – różnica wieku
  • to blame – to say someone is guilty – obwiniać
  • to lag behind – to move more slowly than someone or something else so that you are behind them – zostawać w tyle
  • mature companies – completely grown or developed – dojrzały, rozwinięty
  • to conduct business – to run business – prowadzić firmę

Na podstawie: hbr.org
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