English is the most widely spoken language in the world based on the distribution of native speakers. * There are over 400 million native English speakers worldwide. * There are over 500 million speakers of English as a second or foreign language. 900 million people using English, out of a total world population of about 6.7 billion people, is only 15% of the total population. Then why is English so important? The importance of English is not in the number of speakers, but what English is used for.
* English is the main language in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. * In many countries, English is widely used, particularly among people who have no other language in common, even though English is not the main language of the country. For example, English is widely used in Hong Kong, Singapore, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Malaysia. In these countries, it is often used as a means of communication between people who use different dialects of their native languages. * English is studied as a foreign language in countries even though it is not used as a means of communication. * In China, English language lessons are popular. Two hundred fifty million Chinese, are learning English on TV. * English is the most commonly taught foreign language.
* Now online communities like My Space, YouTube, etc., offer people a way to make friends around the world and practice speaking English. News, Information
* English is the main language of news and information in the world. * English is the language used in business and government even in countries where it is not the main language. * 75% of all telex messages and telegrams are sent in English. * 80% of computer data is processed and stored in English. * Most satellite...