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.

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

Basic stats

First language : 309 – 400 million

Second language : 199 – 1,400 million

Total speakers: 0.5 – 1.8 billion

Main Countries: United States, 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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