Facts About English
The English language originated in the United Kingdom and is the first language for most people in Australia, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. English is also used extensively as a second language and as an official language throughout the world.
Why learn English?
· Welcome to the neighborhood. Are you living and working in English-speaking cultures such as the United States or the United Kingdom? Learning English at a Concordia Language Villages program will help you improve your daily conversations and relationships with your new friends, neighbors, schoolmates, and co-workers.
· Prepare for your future. More than one billion people around the world are learning English. English is the international language of business, communication, scientific discourse, diplomacy, and the Internet. Join in the global conversation or prepare yourself for college by immersing yourself in an English Language Village program.
· Have fun! Maybe you want to try new foods such as hot dogs or fish and chips. Or perhaps you want to practice volleyball or make a craft. You will be surprised how much English you learn your first day at Hometown while having fun and making new friends.
English Language Trivia
English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. While 400 million people grow up learning English, nearly 700 million more people learn English as a second language.
A new, unabridged English dictionary contains nearly 750,000 words and definitions.
English is the common language for computing and the Internet. The computing vocabulary of many languages is borrowed from English.
“E” is the most used letter in the English language. “Q” is the least used letter.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English.
Five of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions of people around the world.
Of the 163 member nations of the U.N., more use English as their official language than any other.