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The History of English in Ten Minutes: Global English
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The History of English in Ten Minutes
Global English
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In the 1500 years since the Roman’s left Britain, English has shown an unique ability to
absorb, evolve, invade and, if we’re honest, steal. After foreign settlers got it started, it grew
into a fully-fledged language all of its own, before leaving home and travelling the world, first
via the high seas, then via the high speed broadband connection, pilfering words from over
350 languages and establishing itself as a global institution. All this despite a written alphabet
that bears no correlation to how it sounds and a system of spelling that even Dan Brown
couldn’t decipher.
Right now around 1.5 billion people now speak English. Of these about a quarter are native
speakers, a quarter speak it as their second language, and half are able to ask for directions
to a swimming pool.
Modern hybrids of English have really caught on. There’s Hinglish – which is Hindi-English,
Chinglish – which is Chinese-English and Singlish – which is Singaporean English – and not
that bit when they speak in musicals.
So in conclusion, the language has got so little to do with England these days it may well be
time to stop calling it ‘English’. But if someone does think up a new name for it, it should
probably be in Chinese.
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