A language that was the tongue of three tribes 1,500 years ago is today the language of nearly two billion people. It has three-times more non-native speakers than native speakers. No other language comes close to matching that, and it is that that makes English global. It is the modern lingua franca, the language used by the Russians to talk to the Nigerians, the Germans to talk to the Spanish, the Chinese to talk to the Brazilians.
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Winchester was the cathedral city in which the West Saxons crowned their kings from the mid-seventh century. These West Seaxe had settled furthest west during the initial Germanic invasions, and their kingdom came to be called Wessex. The core shires of this kingdom were ... Read more