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English
Pronunciation /ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ/[1]
Region (see below)
Native speakers First language: 309–400 million
Second language: 199 million–1.4 billion[2][3]
Overall: 500 million–1.8 billion[3][4]  (date missing)
Language family
Writing system Latin (English variant)
Official status
Official language in 53 countries
United Nations
European Union
Commonwealth of Nations
CoE
NATO
NAFTA
OAS
OIC
PIF
UKUSA
Language codes
ISO 639-1 en
ISO 639-2 eng
ISO 639-3 eng
Linguasphere 52-ABA
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  1. English Adjective - Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary - Oxford University Press ©2010.
  2. see: Ethnologue (1984 estimate); The Triumph of English, The Economist, 20 Dec. 2001; Ethnologue (1999 estimate); "20,000 Teaching Jobs". Oxford Seminars. Retrieved 18 February 2007. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lecture 7: World-Wide English". EHistLing. Retrieved 26 March 2007. 
  4. Ethnologue (1999 estimate);
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