English is now a global lingua franca, but was first a West Germanic language spoken in medieval England. Currently, this is the first language for the majority of the population in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, a few Caribbean nations and New Zealand.
There are about 375 million English as a first language speakers and 750 million English as a second language speakers. English as official or special status in at least 70 countries. Just hearing the numbers gives you an inkling of just how important English is.
The market for English as a Second Language (ESL) is booming and more individuals are studying courses to cultivate ground for communication socially with others and to become part of a global economy.
The History of English
English came about in England’s Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and what is now the south-eastern part of Scotland. Following extensive influences of the United Kingdom and Great Britain throughout the British Empire from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, the language has been propagated widely around the world.
Old English is the collective term for the fusion of closely related dialects resulted in English. Germanic settlers who settled on Great Britain’s eastern coast spoke this language, which at the time was called Angles. Ultimately, this was from the Schleswig-Holstein or what used to be the Angeln ancestral region. Influence also came from the Viking invasions in the ninth and tenth centuries.
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