If you’ve already begun to learn English, you may already know that the language is used widely throughout the world. A few interesting facts and figures can help put the language’s status into perspective, showing how prevalent the study and use of English really is.
There are approximately 380 million speakers of the English language on a worldwide scale. In many industries and occupations, a working knowledge and basic understanding of this language are necessary. By number, there are 52 countries whose official language is English, and there are 104 countries with a considerable number of native speakers, meaning the number of total native speakers is approximately 380 million. There are roughly two times as many people who speak English as their second or third dialect. By population, English falls in third place on the list of most-spoken dialects, with Mandarin and Hindi in first and second place respectively.
400 million people around the world with this linguistic proficiency consider it to be their native tongue, while 700 million people learn English and speak it as a foreign language. Although there’s room for debate, with about 500,000 words listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, English can be considered the richest language when it comes to sheer vocabulary. What’s more, roughly 500,000 scientific and technical terminologies are still not catalogued. Of course, most researchers believe that you’ll only need a vocabulary of 1,500 to 2,000 words to manage most situations.
Although English isn’t the most heavily spoken language, it still makes up the largest parts of the postal system and online communications. The majority of letters, telexes, and cables are still sent using this dialect, and in the realm of the Internet, more than 80% of all information is submitted in English. Even in the media, the largest broadcasters transmit news to millions of people around the world using this tongue.
Armed with this wide variety of information and statistics, you can easily explain your love of English and your desire to study it to family, friends, and educators. With millions of people learning and speaking the language, there’s no reason not to learn English.