England is a nation, of the United Kingdom, which belongs to Europe and whose capital is London. It has a population of 56 million inhabitants and an area of 130,395 km 2. Its human development index is very high (21st) and its official currency is the pound sterling. But what language is spoken in England?
What language do they speak in England?
England has no official language. English is the de facto national language.
In addition to English, there are two other languages native to England: Cornish and Welsh. Cornish was no longer spoken in the 18th century, but is undergoing a process of linguistic revitalization and is taught in some primary and secondary schools. It is currently spoken by 600 people, as a second language, in the county of Cornwall. Welsh is spoken by approximately 130,000 people in England.
8% of the population have a mother tongue other than English, the most popular being Polish (1% of the population). It is followed by Punjabi (0.5%), Urdu (0.5%), Bengali (0.4%), Gujarati (0.4%), Arabic (0.3%), French (0.3%), Chinese (0.3%), Portuguese (0.2%) and Spanish (0.2%). In education, the most popular foreign languages are French, German and Spanish.
The English language
English (English ) is spoken by 98% of the population. But it did not always dominate the territory. After the Norman Conquest in the 11th century, Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) was displaced to the lower social classes, while Latin and Norman were used by the aristocracy. This situation continued until the fifteenth century. English is used in all official areas of the country. There are several different regional accents, and those with strong accents may not be easily understood across the country.
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