A quarter of the world’s population speak English.
English is the first language for about 400 million people, the majority of whom live in the United States and the United Kingdom.
But for another 1.1 billion, English is a second or third language using in their professional and personal lives.
English is becoming the language of choice for business, science and popular culture.
Three- quarters of the world’s mail is currently written in English, as is up to 80% of the electronic mail on the Internet.
85% of international organisations uses English as their official language, 85% of the world’s film market is in English.
The geographical spread of English is unique among the languages of the world, throughout history.
Countries using English as either a first or a second language are located on all five continents.
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