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An Estimated 1.5 Billion People Are Studying English Worldwide

According to British Council member John Knagg, there are 1.5 billion English-language learners worldwide. The number of English learners around the world is only expected to grow. English is currently spoken by 1.75 billion people worldwide — one out of every four people on the planet, according to the British Council’s report, “The English Effect”. The group estimates that by 2020, 2 billion people will be using the language.

English is not only used to communicate with native speakers but is the ‘lingua franca’ between nations where English is not the primary language. It is used as a common tongue throughout the world to make it more convenient to conduct business and other transactions.

Here are some interesting facts about English:-

  • English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
  • An Estimated 1.5 Billion People Are Studying the Language Worldwide
  • Over 400 million people use the English vocabulary as a mother tongue, only surpassed in numbers, but not in distribution by speakers of the many varieties of Chinese.
  • Over 700 million people, speak English, as a foreign language.
  • Did you know that of all the world’s languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and there are a half-million technical and scientific terms still uncatalogued?
  • Three-quarters of the world’s mail, telexes and cables are in English.
  • More than half of the world’s technical and scientific periodicals are in English
  • English is the medium for 80% of the information stored in the world’s computers
  • English is the language of navigation, aviation and of Christianity; it is the ecumenical language of the World Council of Churches
  • Five of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions and millions of people all over the world.

http://www.englishlanguageguide.com/facts/stats/

“Did you know that of all the world’s languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and there are a half-million technical and scientific terms still uncatalogued?”

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