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It’s incredible but it is estimated that right at this moment over 1 billion people are learning English worldwide.
According to the British Council, in the year 2000 there were as many as 750 million English as a Foreign Language speakers. To add to this, there were 375 million English as a Second Language speakers. The difference between the two groups is that English as a Foreign Language speakers use English occasionally for business or pleasure, while English as a Second Language speakers use English on a daily basis.
These numbers are mainly due to people wanting to do business internationally. The days of working in your office and doing business with your community are slowly dying, as the world is now your marketplace, and the world will demand the use of English.
However, still English is not the biggest language used in the world. Only 12% of the world uses English on a daily basis, and English ranks only third in the biggest languages used. Can you guess the first two?
Spanish is second, and yes you guessed it, Chinese (including all the different Chinese dialects) is first!
DID YOU KNOW: But China is the fastest growing English as a second language country in the world. It makes sense…Chinese are great business people and so English is usually the number one priority for any Chinese business person.
- How in the world is everyone learning English
- How many online learners are there?
- How many English learners in China?
- How many people in the world speak English?