English is a West Germanic language that arose in England and south-eastern Scotland in the time of the Anglo-Saxons. Following the economic, scientific, political, cultural and military might of the United Kingdom from the 18th century, and of the United States since the mid 20th century, it has become the lingua franca in many parts of the world, and the leading language in international business and science.
Countries that speak EnglishEdit
As a first language:
As a second language:
The majority of the rest of the world speak English as a second language.