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History of the English Language

The history of the English language is as fascinating and complex as that of the English people themselves. At its root, English is part of the West Germanic language group since it developed from the Anglo Saxon’s Old English tongue. Old English was spoken on the British mainland for the most part, but it quickly spread over to the rest of the British Isles.

Throughout time, nomadic invasions as well as more peaceful contact with the other nations have strongly influenced the English language. French and Latin as well as several other northern and Germanic languages have produced a strong vocabulary increase, diversifying and polishing the mainstream of the English language to what it is today.

Statistics associated with the English Language

The English language is considered today’s “lingua franca”, which means that it’s the dominating language of its era, being used in international affairs such as diplomacy or commerce. Roughly 360 million people use English as their first language and a billion more know it as a secondary language. In addition, many countries use English as their official language.

It is also estimated that over 50 million people are in the process of studying the English language each year, either through organized education, through personal study with the help of free English lessons online or by using “learn English courses” in order to improve their vocabulary, memorize words and so forth.

Learning English online

Even though most schools across the world teach English as the secondary language, organized education can often be improved through free English lessons online or other sources that can offer you a vocabulary increase and help you memorize words easier.

If your typical “learn English" course won’t cut it for you, or if you want to try a more relaxing way of learning the language, you could try out some vocabulary games found online. Playing vocabulary games is a great way to memorize words, improve vocabulary and polish your spelling and possibly your speaking skills at the same time.

In conclusion, we should state that English is one of the easiest languages to learn, not only because of its less complicated grammar, spelling and phonetic structures but also due to the media invasion, which helps us accommodate with the English language. Even in countries with completely different language rules and structures such as China or Japan, English finds its way with the help of Hollywood movies, commercials and international affairs.


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