English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the ancient Germanic peoples that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, England. English has developed over more than 1,400 years.
English is the majority native language in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, and it is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia. It is a co-official language of the United Nations, the European Union, and many other worlds and regional international organizations.
English is an official language of Botswana, Cameroon, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The future of the French language is often discussed in the news. For example, in 2014, The New York Times documented an increase in the teaching of French in New York, especially in K-12 dual-language programs where Spanish and Mandarin are the only second-language options more popular than French.
In a study published in March 2014 by Forbes, the investment bank Natixis said that French could become the world's most spoken language by 2050. It noted that French is spreading in areas where the population is rapidly increasing, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
Thus, the value or the widespread benefits of French is not going to diminish anytime soon and is thus beneficial for the future.
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