has official or special status in at least
seventy-five countries with a total population of
over two billion.
as a first
language by around 375 million.
is spoken as a second language by around 375
million speakers in the world.
of English as a second language will soon
outnumber those who speak it as a first language.
Around 750 million people are believed to speak
English as a foreign language.
out of four of the world's population speaks
English to some level of competence. Demand from
the other three-quarters is increasing. British