English Around the World

Approximately 375 million people speak English around the world and there are more than 50 English speaking countries, where English is either the official or the primary language. It is the third most common primary language in the world (behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish). The English language, which evolved from a combination of Old English and the German Anglo-Saxon tongue, began to be commonly used around the 5th century.

Have you ever had the desire to travel the world and see what is out there? While some people prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, others have been bitten by the travel bug and can't wait to explore the world. Exotic places call to them. "Come visit me and I will show you my mysteries," they say.

Every year millions of people pack their suitcases or put on backpacks and go to visit the seven continents of the world. They walk through the castles and museums of Europe, and the cities and natural wonders of North and South America. Some visit the vast exotic cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The great outback of Australia is a wonderland for those who go there. And a few lucky people even make to the most mysterious continent on the earth- Antarctica.

Why do people want to explore the world? It gives them a better perspective about the earth and the people living on it. It opens their minds, it gives them a feeling of accomplishment, and it makes them feel alive. So save some money, get your passport ready, and see the world. It will change your life forever.

True-False Question

Question 1

1. To be bitten by the travel bug means you like to stay home.

Question 2

2. People bitten by the travel bug like to visit new places.

Question 3

3. The great outback is in Europe.

Question 4

4. Antarctica is in Africa.

Question 5

5. Traveling opens your mind.

Question 6

6. Asia is vast.

Question 7

7. There are exactly 50 English speaking countries.

Question 8

8. Traveling makes you feel alive.

Question 9

9. Traveling helps you see things in a new way.

Question 10

10. English is the third most common language in the world same as Mandarin and Spanish.

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