The evolution of the English language dates back to the 5th and 7th century AD, when Anglo-Saxon settlers brought it to Britain. Today, English has a prestigious status across the world. However, in the past, it was considered as a bourgeoisie language or the language of the middle class.
At present, English is the third most spoken language after Chinese and Spanish, at first and second rank, respectively. English speakers are found across the seven continents. Being an English speaker facilitates better opportunities of learning and earning because of its wide acceptance. Today, even the non-English speaking nations are adopting the language to meet the global standard for communicating and overcoming language barrier.
Here is a table that provides the data about the Top Ten English Speaking Countries:
|Rank||Country||Number of English speakers||Percentage of English speakers|
Note: Data collected from various sources.