English Language Essay

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Dear Wikipedia readers: We are the small non-profit that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 150 staff but serve 450 million users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, rent, programs, staff and legal help. Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think and learn. To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations averaging about $30. If everyone reading this gave the price of a cup of coffee, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. If Wikipedia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia. Thank you. PLEASE HELPClose ------------------------------------------------- English language From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about the language. For other uses, see English (disambiguation). English | Pronunciation | /ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ/[1] | Region | (see below) | Native speakers | 360 million (2010)[2] L2: 375 million and 750 million EFL[3] | Language family | Indo-European * Germanic * West Germanic * Anglo–Frisian * Anglic * English | Writing system | English alphabet (Latin script) | Official status | Official language in | 54 countries 27 non-sovereign entities United Nations European Union Commonwealth of Nations Council of Europe IOC NATO NAFTA OAS OECD OIC PIF UKUSA Agreement | Language codes | ISO 639-1 | en | ISO 639-2 | eng | ISO 639-3 | eng | Linguasphere | 52-ABA | Countries where English is an official or de facto official language, or national language, and is spoken fluently by the majority of the population Countries where it is an official but not primary language | This page contains IPA phonetic

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