English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and has many interesting facts associated with it. To know more, read the following:
English the World Language
Non native speakers of English outnumber native speakers by more than two to one ratio.45% of all the websites are written in the English language. 1 in 5 of the world’s population speak English as either a native, second or foreign language. India alone has 125000000 ESL speakers.
Do you Text?
A total of about 8 trillion text messages were sent in the year 2011. Over the next 5 years, mobile network providers will earn an estimated $726 billion from SMS text messaging. 95% of the cell phone owners between the ages of 18 to 29 years send text messages.
Should English be the Official Language of the World?
2/3 of all native English speakers live in the United States.28 out of the 50 states in USA claim that English is the official language. There are about 1.34 billion Chinese speakers making Chinese the most spoken language in the world. English comes at the second place with 508 million speakers. Hindi takes the third place while Spanish takes the fourth.
How to Learn English?
According to 65% of people, the best way to learn English is to travel an English speaking country and have English classes with other foreigners whereas 15% think that travelling to an English country on their own is the best way to learn the English language.
The Best Ways to Learn English :
- Read anything that interests you on the internet
- Find work at an English speaking company
- Visit English speaking countries
- Get a private English tutor
Adjectives: Degrees of Comparison
An adjective is a word that describes a person, place or thing and generally appears before the word that they modify. Some forms of adjectives are positive adjectives, comparative adjectives and superlative adjectives.
10 Most Unusual Collective Nouns
Some unusual collective nouns are:
- A stand, a clump, a brood, a bevy, a host, a swarm, a pride, a bed, a school and a band.
Most Useful Phrasal Verbs
- Give in give up: relent or surrender
- Look after: attend to
- Pull through: used in discussing health
- Pass out: faint
- Carry on: continue
- Put off: postpone
- Put up with: endure
- Turn into: become something else
- Get away with: escape blame/punishment
15 Grammar Goofs
- Improper use of the apostrophe
- Could of/would of/should of
- The dangling particle
What are the Hardest Languages to Learn?
To learn an easy language, it takes about 23-24 weeks whereas to learn a hard language, 1.69 years can be taken. Some hard languages to learn are Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. The easiest languages to learn include Spanish, Dutch, Portugese, Swedish and French.