English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
English has developed over the course of more than 1,400 years.
English is the third most spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish.
It is the most widely learned second language and is either the official language or
one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states.
There are more people who have learned it as a second language than there are native speakers.
English is the most commonly spoken language in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada,
Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and it is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa and South Asia.