Next in a series of articles on the English language and British and American culture. When symbols appear in pairs, the first corresponds to sounds used in North American English; the second corresponds to English spoken elsewhere. Others believe there are limits to how well English can go to suit everyone for communication purposes. There are many English words coined to describe forms of particular non-English languages that contain a very high proportion of English words.
The British East India Company brought English to the Indian subcontinent in the 17th century, and the period of British colonialism established English as the governing language. Tristán da Cunha is part of a British overseas territory and its nearly 300 residents speak only English. This does not include most of the larger English-speaking countries: the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have no official languages. The nature of the dialects present in the language and their constant state of evolution with regional influences point to a greater diversification in the range of dialects spoken around the world thanks to greater global exposure in new areas and regions that connect with digital resources to learn more about the world.
The dialect in those regions personalizes language delivery by integrating specific cultural phrases and words into the language that are not distinguishable to outsiders. The words “shampoo”, pajamas, “bungalow”, “bracelet” and “cash” come from Indian languages. The Germanic languages of northern Scandinavia are less related to English than the West Germanic languages. Although it is a Germanic language in its sounds and grammar, most of the English vocabulary is, in fact, of Romanesque or classical origin.
English is the most widely learned and used foreign language and, as such, some linguists believe that it is no longer the exclusive cultural sign of “native English speakers”, but rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures around the world as it continues to grow. English is widely used in the public or private sphere in more than 100 countries around the world. The strongest tendency to retain the accent is found in words that are atypical of English morphology and, therefore, are still perceived as slightly strange. Many of the first Europeans to settle in Australia, beginning in the late 18th century, were convicts from the British Isles, and the Australian English accent probably began with their children in and around Sydney.
Modern English is widely regarded as the world's lingua franca and is the standard language in a wide variety of fields, including computer coding, international business, and higher education.