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Englishis aWest Germanic languagethat was first spoken inearly medieval Englandand is now a globallingua franca.[5][6]It is anofficial languageofalmost 60 sovereign statesand the most commonly spoken language in sovereign states including theUnited Kingdom, theUnited States,Canada,Australia,Ireland,New Zealandand a number ofCaribbeannations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, afterMandarinandSpanish.[7]It is widely learned as asecond languageand is anofficial language of the European Unionand of theUnited Nations, as well as of many world organisations.English arose in theAnglo-Saxon kingdomsof England and what is now southeastScotland. Following the extensive influence ofEngland,Great Britain, and the United Kingdom from the 17th to mid-20th centuries through theBritish Empire, it has beenwidely propagatedaround the world.[8][9][10][11]Through the spread of English literature, world media networks such as theBBC, the American film and television industry, and the internet,[12][13]English has become theleading languageof international discourse and thelingua francain many regions.[14][15]Historically, English originated from the fusion of closely relateddialects, now collectively termedOld English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain byGermanicsettlers (Anglo-Saxons) by the 5th century; the wordEnglishis simply the modern spelling of

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