English

How many people are native English speakers?

Around 379 million people speak English natively in 18 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia, India, and Jamaica.

How many people speak English in the world?

English is the most spoken language in the world, with around 1.132 billion speakers worldwide. Of these, about 743 million people speak English as a second language.

Origins of English

German: English derives from ancient Germanic languages, which explains why numerous English terms are similar to German ones.
French: Through the Norman invasion of England in 1066, French strongly influenced the development of English lexicon.
Latin: During the Renaissance, Latin became the official language of Science, leaving a lasting influence on English language. Modern examples of Latin-based English words are Computer.

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