Do you know how many people speak English in the world? Do you know that English language is today considered a kind of “lingua franca”? English is a Germanic language of the Indo-European family. According to the British Council, English is an official language, or has a special status, in about seventy-five countries in the world, such as India. Today, English is spoken as a native language by about 375 million people, and it is spoken as a second language by about 375 speakers in the world. Soon or later, speakers of English as a second language will outnumber those who speak it as a native language. Other 750 million people around the world are believe to speak Englisk as a foreign language. English is the main language in conferences, in books, science, in technology, diplomacy, sport and International competitions. English is in music, in concerts and nowadays even in advertising. Importamt meetings in the world are taken in English and if you are looking for important information on the Internet, they are in English. English is taught at school and in addition to the language that you learned as a child. English is the best expression of globalization and even if the United Kingdom is not part of the European community, English will be the first spoken foreign language in the world for ever.  Pick up a book, learn a few words, or even start a course today and take your first steps towards becoming one of nearly 800 million English speakers in the world.

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