The English language is the most widely spoken language in the world, with about 350 million speakers. It has evolved from a regional dialect more than 1,500 years ago and continues to grow. Here’s a quick history of how this once-obscure dialect became global.

– The English language originated in England as a regional dialect of West Germanic around the 5th century AD.

– Welsh was the first language of Wales until it was displaced by English during Anglo-Norman rule in the late 11th century AD.

– English spread to the rest of the British Isles and, later, to Ireland and other countries around the world.

– The English language is currently spoken by about 350 million people across 44 countries worldwide.

– In Australia, Asia and Oceania English has evolved into many different forms of English, such as Australian English in Australia and New Zealand or Singaporean English in Singapore.

– In North America and South America there are varieties of American English that have replaced British Pronunciation.

– Although the English are no longer in control of their language, the English language has grown from a regional dialect to become a global language with more than 350 million speakers.

– The UK government and associated organisations have adopted legislation as well as official guidance to establish English language standards in England.

Other English speakers have started using these standards to create their own language norms, for example, American and Australian English.

– The English language is growing rapidly. In only 20 years, the number of English speakers has doubled to 350 million. The English language is growing in countries like India and China. It is also growing because of the development of many African countries, where English was first introduced by British colonialists

In 2021, the world is increasingly a global community. 13.5% (just under 43 million) of Americans speak Spanish as their first language. And, 16% (just under 53 million) of Americans speak a dialect of Chinese. Finally, with the transition of the traditional workplace to one where employees can work remotely, and clients can be across the world, foreign language learning is becoming an increasingly top priority for professionals living in the United States. In this article, we’ve selected the best techniques for learning foreign languages, leaving it up to you to pick which one you prefer.


There is demonstrable evidence that people have an infinite capacity for learning language, especially if the student starts young. Foreign language knowledge also impacts other areas of your life – such as academic achievement at the college level, provides increased employment opportunities and can prevent age-related cognitive disorders and losses.

According to the US Foreign Service Institute:

  • It takes 600-750 class hours (or, 36 weeks) of learning to obtain basic fluency in foreign languages classified in Categories I and II (languages more like English, such as Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, etc.)
  • It takes 1,100 class hours (44 weeks) of foreign language learning to obtain basic fluency in Category III languages (languages with alternative alphabets, or significant cultural differences from English, like Russian, Vietnamese, Finnish, Farsi, etc.)
  • And, it takes a staggering 2,200 hours (88 weeks) for native English speakers to learn basic fluency in a Category IV (languages that are very difficult for native English speakers to grasp, such as Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)