Maths vs. English: How they compare (including their importance!)

Maths vs. English
A Group of Colleg Students

I believe that a successful education requires both maths and English. Maths is an important subject to master because it helps us understand the world around us, while English teaches us how to communicate effectively with others. The truth is that both subjects prepare students for their future in different, equally important ways.

What are the differences between math and English? English is an international language spoken and used all over the world. Whereas mathematics is the language of sciences, it is also used in everyday life. Even though both English and mathematics are considered languages, they are two totally distinct disciplines.

Read on to find out the benefits of both English and mathematics and the similarities and differences between them, and what makes maths and English essential components of a well-rounded education.

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The Benefits of Maths

Maths is a fundamental part of our everyday lives. Without an understanding of basic maths, we would be unable to make decisions regarding finances or measure distances when traveling. We would also have difficulty doing simple tasks such as baking, reading recipes, or following directions on a map.

I believe that maths is necessary for higher-level thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making, which prepares students for the real world.

Maths can also help foster an appreciation for science and technology which has become increasingly important in today’s society. By learning the principles behind mathematics, students can use these skills to understand better the complex systems that drive modern technology, such as computer programming or engineering designs.

Ultimately, mastering maths gives students more career opportunities because employers need workers who understand numbers and data analysis.

The Benefits of English

Contrary to what most people believe, English does more than just teach us how to read and write; it helps us learn how to think critically about the information we consume by teaching us how to identify patterns, ask questions, and draw conclusions from what we read or hear.

In addition, English also encourages creative thinking through writing which prepares students for future jobs that require excellent communication skills, such as sales, marketing, or management roles.

English is also an essential language for those looking to pursue higher education since it is used in many university courses or lectures around the world, regardless of what country you live in or the language you speak at home.

Not only will learning English help increase your knowledge base, but it will also develop your analytical skills, which can be applied to any field you might choose later on down the line.

Similarities Between Maths and English

Maths and English actually have quite a bit in common. I believe that both maths and English require an understanding of basic grammar and vocabulary, although I know this is expressed differently in each subject.

For example, in maths, grammar is expressed through equations, while in English, it is expressed through sentences.

Furthermore, I also believe that both maths and English also rely heavily on problem-solving skills; students must think critically about how to solve a problem or answer a question correctly.

And more importantly, both maths and English require a lot of practice; without consistent practice, you won’t get very far in either subject.

Maths vs. English
Student Learning English and Mathematics

Differences Between Maths and English

Despite some commonalities between maths and English, there are also several key differences that set these two disciplines apart from one another.

Maths typically relies heavily on numbers, while English relies heavily on words; this makes for very different learning styles for each subject.

In addition, mathematics tends to focus more on quantitative reasoning, while reading focuses more on qualitative reasoning (not all texts are equal).

And more importantly, I believe that math tends to be more formulaic, while writing is much less structured; it all depends on the individual text or project.

Moreover, English is just a communication medium and can be replaceable by other languages (as important as English). English is not the only language in the world. Different societies have gotten along perfectly fine without speaking a word of English.

On the other hand, Mathematics plays some role in almost everything. We use mathematics in every modern convenience, engineering, and design. Math drives the world’s economy, making it truly global. And I believe that math is essential to modern everyday life.

Is It Better To Be Good at Mathematics or English?

Even though mathematics class appears to be the most important class during our school years, English plays a more significant role in our lives. The truth is that English is not just about grammar and reading but also listening and understanding, which are crucial for excelling in mathematics and everything in life.

Also, the importance of both English and mathematics depends on specific situations. For example, maths will be a better choice if you want to model information accurately. On the other hand, English is better than math for everything we do in life. For instance, you can’t describe feelings with math.

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Wrapping Up

Both maths and English play an important role in helping students gain knowledge that they will use throughout their lives.

Whether it is understanding complex mathematical models or improving your communication skills through writing essays or reports, I believe that both subjects are equally important when trying to succeed academically as well as professionally later on down the line.

If you are a student looking to give yourself the best chance possible for success later on down the line, I encourage you to put equal effort into both maths and English.


Hello friends, I am Altiné. I am SO excited you are here! I am the guy behind Project English Mastery. I am from Toronto, Canada. I graduated with a Master in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. After working a few years in the banking industry and completing my 120 TEFL from the University Of Toronto, I decided to teach English in China. Project English Mastery is a blog that provides helpful resources for English Teachers and Learners: vocabulary and grammar, exercises, and class activities ideas and tips.

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