The History Of English In 10 Minutes

The English language is one of the most spoken languages in the whole world. It occupies the 3rd place in the top of the most spoken languages worldwide by number of native speakers (according to several studies carried in 2007 and 2010).

As of 2006, 360 up to 400 million native English speakers were reported in a study by Crystal David at the Cambridge University Press. In the very same study, an additional 400 million people were reported to use it as their second language, while the total number of those who speak it properly as a foreign language amounts to as much as 700 million. In total, as much as 1.5 billion people are are able to speak it globally.

English is a West Germanic language with a particularly interesting history and quite an eclectic vocabulary. It was influenced by Latin, Old Norse, French, Greek, and many other languages in the passing of time. Just to showcase this linguistic diversity, there are 1,025,109.8 words in the English language according to Global Language Monitor

In order to better understand how this language developed the way it is spoken today in all of its official standard forms and dialects, the following video material provides a brief history of it in an original, humorous, and very informative way, spanning a little above 10 minutes.

To have the bigger picture, English is spoken at official level in almost 60 sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Below you can watch a brief presentation video that highlights the language’s history from late Antiquity to contemporary times:

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