From National Geographic’s print edition, the following is an excerpt from our March 17, 2019 issue: We all speak English.
And the rest of the world speaks it with the same care, but in different ways.
To be clear, the phrase “English speaking” means we use it to describe our own language.
But the vast majority of the planet speaks it through the lens of the English language, which is what we use when we talk to each other, share emails, read newspapers and watch TV.
For many of us, it’s the only language we speak.
But is that true?
Does the phrase actually mean what we think it means?
And can we really use the word “English” as a synonym for “foreign” or “foreigners” in everyday life?
Our journey to understand what English really means goes back a long way.
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“I’m sorry, but the English is the most popular language in the world,” says Robert Lippert, a linguist at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has studied the origins and evolution of the language for more than 25 years.
“The English has been around for nearly two million years and is the language that people spoke when they first came to this planet.”
Lippart says the word English was coined in the 17th century, and that it became popular in England during the 1700s.
He says it’s one of the most common words in the English-speaking world.
And there are some exceptions.
English is spoken by about 1.6 billion people worldwide, but only about 2.5 percent of those people speak it as a native language.
“But when you look at the English population, the majority of them speak English as their native language,” Lippet says.
Lippest has also found that some languages are actually more widely spoken than others.
English, for instance, is spoken in Canada, Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea and the United States.
“That’s the reason why the word ‘English’ is so common, to indicate a variety of languages that are spoken by people from all around the world.
So it’s not just a coincidence that there are two or three languages spoken in the United Kingdom,” Lipert says.
“There’s more than two hundred languages spoken by the people in the U.K., so the English has a lot of overlap with English, especially when it comes to its pronunciation.”
The word English also means “people” in a variety the different languages.
For example, in Chinese, the word 中文 means “one who speaks English,” and it means “foreigner.”
But there are many other words for “people.”
In Japanese, 人民 literally means “child” or a “person of child.”
So, when the word 進受 means “children,” that’s English, too.
And in Spanish, لo, meaning “home” and 人, meaning the “home of the people” are also often used to refer to “people of people.”
There are also many other names for people in English that have different meanings, such as “foreign people,” “foreign women,” “English-speaking foreigners,” “other foreigners,” or even “non-English speakers.”
Some of these words have their roots in English origins.
For instance, the English word “taste” originally referred to the taste of foods.
In the Middle Ages, it was a verb to describe a person’s taste, and it came to mean “to taste.”
Linguists have been trying to trace how these words developed and how they spread.
“When you look back at the word of the day for the English, it comes from a 14th-century poem,” says Lippit.
“So the phrase ‘I love the taste’ came from a poem that described the taste in the mouths of people.
It was a sort of love poem that talked about the joy of the taste, so the word had a pretty strong connection to taste.”
So the word has become associated with people who speak English to each others’ lips.
But why does the word have such an appeal for some people?
Lippist says that English is a language that many people have never heard of, but that English speakers can learn to understand it in their own language because English has such a wide variety of sounds and words that can be used interchangeably.
Lipsit says there are three main types of English that people can use: Cantonese, Chinese and English.
Cantonesa is spoken mainly in Taiwan, while Cantonesec is spoken mostly in the Philippines and Hong Kong.
In Cantoneses, people use English words for things such as food, clothes, and even toilet