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English Language

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Regions British Isles
Native speakers360–400 million (2006); L2 speakers: 750 million; as a foreign language: 600–700 million
Early formsMiddle English
Signed formsManually coded English
Language family Indo-European languages
Writing systems Latin script
English alphabet
Anglo-Saxon runes
English Braille
Unified English Braille
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English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England.

S4C: Birthplace of SuperTed and Fireman Sam turns 40

S4C: Birthplace of SuperTed and Fireman Sam turns 40
Nov 1,2022 9:01 am

... " Apart from prime time slots and the teatime slot for children, initially S4C took English Language programmes from Channel 4, rescheduled to fit around the Welsh programmes...

The Good Nurse: 'I risked everything to make sure he was behind bars'

The Good Nurse: 'I risked everything to make sure he was behind bars'
Oct 25,2022 9:51 pm

... He had also never made a film in the English Language...

Al Jazeera staff allege harassment and bullying went unchecked

Al Jazeera staff allege harassment and bullying went unchecked
Oct 16,2022 9:10 pm

... I had to wipe his saliva from my face Mr Santamaria, who started his career as a TV reporter in New Zealand, was hired by Al Jazeera in 2005 as a presenter on the English Language channel in Doha...

Education: New Wales GCSEs to put less emphasis on exams

Education: New Wales GCSEs to put less emphasis on exams
Oct 4,2022 8:40 am

... In the new English Language and literature, and Cymraeg language and literature GCSEs, the plan is for 60% to be assessed by exams compared to 80% at the moment...

The fake sex chats fuelled by an elaborate scam

The fake sex chats fuelled by an elaborate scam
Sep 21,2022 9:50 pm

... " These guys from the West majorly want to have a chat, " one trainer told new recruits, who have to pass strenuous English Language tests to make their cover as fool-proof as possible...

Gordonstoun: The Scottish school that educated a king

Gordonstoun: The Scottish school that educated a king
Sep 11,2022 7:20 pm

... He left Gordonstoun in 1967 with five O-levels in English Language, English Literature, History, Latin and French and two A-levels in History and French...

World media mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II

World media mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Sep 9,2022 12:50 pm

... Singapore s main English Language daily looks back on a visit in 1989 when she met then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew...

Shaking head and mean goose among new emojis

Shaking head and mean goose among new emojis
Jul 15,2022 3:00 pm

... " What other things can we say with these emojis? " How can we forget the English idiom silly goose ? Through the emoji, that English Language idiom becomes a piece of knowledge that can be represented across cultures...

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