English is a West Germanic language related to Dutch, Frisian and German with a significant amount of vocabulary from French, Latin, Greek and many other languages. The language evolved from the Germanic languages brought to Britain by Germanic tribes, which are known as Anglo-Saxon or Old English. Old English began to appear in writing during the early 8th century AD. The language is currently spoken in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, American Samoa, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Denmark. American English, also known as United States English or U.S. English, is a set of dialects of the English language used mostly in the United States. Approximately two thirds of native speakers of English live in the United States. The use of English in the United States was inherited from British colonization.

Map of English language speakers.
Map of English language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: around 215 million

Main Countries: United States; English is also spoken in United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore

ISO 639-3 Code: eng

Language Sample

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Some proverbs in English:

A bean in liberty is better than a comfit in prison

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A constant guest never welcomes

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in English:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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