Whether it’s travel, business, education, or the arts, English is your gateway to the world. Although Chinese has more native speakers, no language rivals English as the global lingua franca, with over 1 billion people worldwide learning the language. It’s the language of United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and spoken in many other countries. Sing it or quote it—songs, movies and television are popular ways that people learn English, and due to its global reach, the language is in a constant process of transformation. From its beginnings in the German invasion of Britannia in the 5th century to the professional lingo and slang of today, English is a vibrant, living language.
Livemocha courses teach American English, though you can learn other dialects from members of the Livemocha community.
English and the Livemocha Community
- 25% of all Livemocha members speak English
- Over 50% of Livemocha members are learning English
- More English learners on Livemocha are from Brazil than any other country
- The countries with the most English speakers on Livemocha are (in order): the United States, Brazil, Senegal, India, the UK, and China
English Fun Facts
According to the American Film Institute, the top two greatest English movie lines are: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” (Gone With the Wind, 1939) and “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” (Godfather, 1972).
English pronunciation can be tricky. “—ough,” for example, can be said 9 different ways, as shown in this sentence: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
In a nod to popular Internet expressions, in 2011 the Oxford English Dictionary added LOL, OMG, and the heart symbol.