Learning To Speak English: The International Language

You already know that if you are not learning English as your second language, you can expect difficulties in reaching your professional aspirations. English has become the official or special language of 75 countries and is the second language for about 400 million people.

It is known as the “Communication Language” and is the main language used to communicate news and business information around the world. Learning English has become necessary in the fields of aviation, government, banking, technology and international relations.

English is a West Germanic language and originated from the Anglo Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic invaders. British colonialism in the 5th century laid the early foundation for English being accepted worldwide.

Did you know that the connection between English and Sanskrit was discovered at the end of the 18th century by a British judge while stationed in Calcutta, India? His name was Sir William Jones, and he was a British Orientalist. Sir William Jones was born in London on Sept. 28, 1746, and he died in Calcutta on April 27, 1794. Sir William Jones recognized the similarities in words that came from English and Sanskrit.

You will see the similarities in many words from other languages too. Read Old English and compare it to the similarities in modern English, Dutch and German. If you understand German, you will understand the basic principles of Old English.

The English language has been used for centuries and evolving into what we hear today. Here are the main stages of English’s development:

  • Proto-English Germanic language
  • Old English from the mid 5th century to the mid 11dth century.
  • Middle English from the late 11th to the late 15th century.
  • Early Modern English from the late 15th to the late 17th century.
  • Modern English from the late 17th century to the present.

Throughout time, the English grammar has also gradually changed and is now a product of an emerging world culture. There are millions of people learning to speak English every day and millions who are about to learn. Will you become one of them too?

English, with all of its complexities, may be a difficult language to learn; however, learning English as a second language should be a very easy choice.