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A language in the English language family[1].

Alternative Names None

Origin England
Writing System English alphabet (derived from Latin)
In Use circa 450 to the present

Language of
England, United States, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Madagascar, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, The Gambia, Mauritius, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Guyana, Solomon Islands, Malta, The Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Vanatu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Micronesia, Kiribati, Grenada, Seychelles, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Marshall Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Palau, Nauru, Wales[2]
Also Spoken in Unknown
Native Speakers ~350,000,000[3]
Non-Native Speakers ~1,500,000,000[3]
Regulated by None

ISO 639-1 Code EN[3]
ISO 639-2 Code ENG[3]
ISO 639-3 Code ENG[3]



History of English

See: English/history

Text Sample

A collection of pangrams in American English
A collection of pangrams in American English
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.
-Article 1, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights[4]

English in Other Languages

See: English/translate

Teaching Materials for English

English Dictionaries

Verb Guides

Foreign Language-English Dictionaries

Miscellaneous Resources


  1. Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/
  2. List of countries where English is an official language. (2008, May 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:02, May 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_countries_where_English_is_an_official_language&oldid=210967082
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 English language. (2008, May 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:03, May 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=English_language&oldid=211001699
  4. Unicode Consortium, “UDHR in Unicode - Translations sorted by name,” http://www.unicode.org/udhr/index_by_name.html, 2/18/08.
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