How many people speak English and why?
Germanic tribes as well as Normans who both invaded England had no clue that many years ago this mix of original English, Latin, Greek, German and French words will be spoken all over the world. So, how many people speak English and why they chose it?
Scientists say that approximately 400-500 million people speak English as mother tongue. They are citizens of Great Britain, Ireland, Wales, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Canada. More than 400 million speakers consider it as their second language. They are Sweden, Dane, Cypriot, Austrian, Greek, Belgian, Slovenian, German, etc. Some sources claim that over 1.5 billion people manage English at a useful level. That really proves the status of an international language.
Total 195 countries worldwide, 67 nations have English as the primary language of “official status”. Plus, there are also 27 countries where it is spoken as a secondary “official” language. True secret of such popularity goes deeply into the history of England. It colonized many territories and introduced own language there.
Global need to communicate, exchange experience, arrange deals and solve problems made English widespread. I can say for sure that English is relatively easy. It has a clear structure. Even poor vocabulary enables people to explain general speaking situations. Grammar rules are not too complicated and diverse. There is no need to learn many articles and endings by heart as often happens with other languages. Of course, English learners can complain about pronunciation and spelling. Accent is also challenging. Even so, humanity likes and learns English.
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