English Speaking Countries

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Did you know many nations other than the obvious ones, like England and the USA, speak English? This lesson goes over the countries where English is an official language.

The English Language

What language(s) do you speak? It's probably a language that isn't limited to your home country. As people have immigrated to different parts of the world, as ideas and books have spread, so too have the languages used to communicate them. English is a West Germanic language that developed in England over hundreds of years but one that is now spoken all over the world as English people and ideas have historically spread throughout the world.

While it's safe to say that most nations in the world have English speakers, it's hard to label every nation as an English speaking country as a result. Therefore, we'll limit our scope to countries where English is an official language. This, interestingly enough, doesn't include the United States of America, a nation that uses English as its primary language but one that doesn't have any official language whatsoever.

The United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, & More

English is the official language of the United Kingdom, which includes the nations of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. England is known for its monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, its capital city of London, and its great love of soccer (football). Located on the same island as Northern Ireland is the country of Ireland, another English speaking nation.

A map of the United Kingdom, where English is a prevalent language.

Australia and its neighbor, New Zealand, are two other major English speaking countries. Australia is well-known for its kangaroos and crocodiles and New Zealand is commonly associated with its picturesque nature and great love of rugby. Rugby is also a very popular sport in South Africa, which has many other official languages besides English. While Canada doesn't have as many official languages as South Africa, it still has a couple of ones. They are, obviously, English, as well as French. Canada is a country pretty famous for its hockey and its tasty maple syrup.

English is spoken in Papua New Guinea. Papa New Guinea is country that up until very recently had many uncontacted stone-age tribes, some of which were cannibalistic. While not home to cannibalistic tribes, English is an official language of India, a country that is home to well over 1 billion people!

There are certainly far fewer people in Jamaica as well as many other island nations that have English as their official language:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Singapore
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vanuatu

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