How has English become a world language?


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The English language is originally a West Germanic language that was brought to Britain by Germanic invaders. This type of English was called Old English, and it was inflected by five grammatical cases. This was the beginning of a world language, and the start of the development to the English we have today. Before the 14th century, England had been ruled by French kings and Old English, but now were many new words added and we got Middle English. Later on, it was established a spelling of Modern English, and William Shakespeare wrote all of his work in this period. Therefore, we see that this language started in England, but later on, it went all over the world.

The English language started to spread to other parts of the world when Britain got colonies all over the world. When Christopher Columbus discovered America, British explorers went on expeditions to South America and
Caribbean. They were looking for goods, and to trade with the native people, they made colonies. And this is how English was spread all over. They brought their language to the colonies, and they sometimes forced the natives to speak their language; English.

After three centuries with British imperialism, on the 19th century, the colonies became independent. They became independent nations, but many former colonies made English their official language. In India, English was the lingua franca, which the people used to communicate between people with different first languages. In other nations, English became one of the official languages, like Canada. There are French and English the official languages.

English is a language with a long history. It all began with a West Germanic language, but throughout the times, it has developed to world language. It started to spread around the world when Britain got all the colonies, and later, the colonies continued to use it. And this is roughly how English became a world language.