English, as it is today, is the most important international language for global communication. Whether it is business, science, entertainment industry or tourism.. In general it is seen as the official and most commonly used language. Many International organisations also use English as their main language of correspondence.
Background: 'Language of the British Empire'
Between 16th and the 19th centuries, a sudden distinct change in pronunciation of the “old English” started with vowels being pronounced shorter and shorter. With the expansion of the British empire, the language also spread from Asia to North America through colonization. The position of the Modern English was reinforced by the status of the United States as a world power with its growing economic and cultural influence since the 2nd World War. There are numerous varieties of English around the world today.
- English is spoken in the USA and Canada, the British islands, Ireland, Australia, South America, India and the Caribbean. Each region has its own variation of the language.
- Over 510 million people speak English, and it is the mother tongue of about 380 million people. More than 50 countries use English as their official language, also it is the official language of international organizations such as the European Union, NATO, etc).
- It is part of the Germanic Family of languages and its roots and development can be tracked back in history up till 450 AD.
- The 1st version of the Oxford English Dictionary was published in 1928.