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English is a West Germanic language spoken originally in England, and is now the most widely used language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by a majority of the inhabitants of several nations, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third most common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union, many Commonwealth countries and the United Nations, as well as in many world organisations.
Spoken In : US (57.3%), UK (16.3%), Canada (4.9%), Australia (4.1%), Nigeria (1.1%), Ireland (1%), South Africa (1%), New Zealand (1%), Philippines (1%) & Other (12.3%)
Native Speakers: 1.8 billion (2004).
Language family: Indo-European > Germanic > West Germanic > Anglo–Frisian > Anglic > English
Writing system: English alphabet (Latin script)
Official language in: 54 countries , 27 non-sovereign entities, United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth of Nations, Council of Europe, IOC, NATO, NAFTA, OAS, OECD, OIC, PIF, UKUSA Agreement
Language codes: en (ISO 639-1), eng (ISO 639-2, ISO 639-3)
Historically, English originated from the fusion of closely related dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) settlers by the 5th century – with the word English being derived from the name of the Angles, and ultimately from their ancestral region of Angeln (in what is now Schleswig-Holstein). A significant number of English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some form was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life. The language was further influenced by the Old Norse language due to Viking invasions in the 8th and 9th centuries.
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