Except Chinese the English language is spoken in more parts of the world than any other language. English is spoken in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries. English is the official language that many nations exercise. It is thought to be the number one language in the world. English was evolved from Germanic languages, which is part of the Indo-European languages.
English language has been around for more than 1500 years and has increased significantly since then. A Modern English dictionary like the oxford English dictionary has 13 volumes. Each volume is said to contain around half a million words. On the other hand, an estimate of the present vocabulary consists of more than a million words. The dictionary consists of words that have been in use after the middle of the 20th century. Slang words scientific terms and dialect expressions are just some of the words used after the 20th century.
The English vocabulary is more widespread than that of any other language in the world.
Some other languages like Spanish for example have a word building capability equivalent to that of English. English vocabulary is composed of a majority of Latin, French, Greek, Scandinavian and other small languages. The expansion of the English language has led to the foundation of many new words. Therefore creates foundations for patterns and further development of our language.
Onomatopoeias are imitations of natural sounds; for example â€œclinkâ€ a sound someone would say to describe the collision of two metal objects colliding. Affixations are the grouping of prefixes and suffixes. For example the word â€œbrunchâ€ is a combination of breakfast and lunch. Affixations are created as new ideas are formed.
English is said to have one of the most difficult spelling systems in the world.
Our words are not always spelled the way they pho