November 28, 2021
English is a West Germanic language that appeared in England in the Middle Ages, and in the 21st century AD (15 AH), due to globalization, it became a widespread international language. It is the world's largest language by the number of native speakers, and the third largest language in the world by the number of native speakers after Standard Chinese and Spanish. It is currently estimated that there are more than two billion English speakers. The spread of modern English in the world began in the seventeenth century AD (11 AH) as a result of the global influence of the British Empire and later the United States of America. English is the first foreign language in a number of Arab countries, especially the Arab Mashreq countries, while it is the second foreign language after French in the Maghreb countries. English, contrary to what many believe, did not originate from the Latin language, but is one of the Germanic languages, such as German. All these languages belong to the Indo-European language family. This belief is undoubtedly due to the strong influence of English on the French and its Latin languages, which together contribute two thirds of the English lexicon.