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Language > English status: Countries Compared

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
American SamoaAmerican Samoa Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
AnguillaAnguilla National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ National language. Bible 1535-1989.
ArubaAruba The third most important language. Bible 1382-1989.
AustraliaAustralia Minor regional dialect differences. Neo-Nyungar is the community dialect of the Nyungar people. National language. Dictionary. Bible 1382-1989.
BarbadosBarbados National language. Bible 1535-1989.
BelizeBelize Used in education, government, and business. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
BermudaBermuda Colloquial English may not be a creole but a regional variety of uncreolized English. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
BotswanaBotswana International trade, medium of western influences, language of instruction from fifth grade, written language, official purposes, as second language. Official language. Taught as a subject from the beginning of primary school as a required subject. Officially becomes the language of instruction in Standard 5. Standard 7 exams are written in English. Medium of instruction. Newspapers, magazines, radio programs, TV. Bible 1535-1989.
British Indian Ocean TerritoryIndian Ocean The indigenous population no longer resides in the islands. Current residents include members of the USA military, a small detachment of British officials, and support staff, mainly of Mauritian and Philippine origin. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
British Virgin IslandsBrit. Virgin Isl. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
BruneiBrunei Government, education. Used increasingly by educated speakers as first or second language. National language. Newspapers, TV. Bible 1535-1989.
CameroonCameroon Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
CanadaCanada National language. Bible 1382-1989.
Cayman IslandsCayman Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Cook IslandsCook Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
DominicaDominica National language. Bible 1535-1989.
EritreaEritrea Language of higher education and many technical fields. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
EthiopiaEthiopia Language of higher education, many technical fields, and international communication. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)Falklands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia National language. Bible 1535-1989.
FijiFiji Also used by many urban Chinese (4,652 in 1976), Rotuman, occasionally by Indians, rarely by Fijians (P. Geraghty 1981). Main language of commerce, education, government. There are also reports of a Fijian Pidgin English. National language. Newspapers, radio programs. Bible 1535-1989.
GhanaGhana Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
GibraltarGibraltar Yanito is spoken by most Gibraltarians among themselves. It is a dialect of English with a strong Spanish influence, with over 500 words coming from Genoese (Ligurian) and Hebrew. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
GrenadaGrenada Post-creole English with French Creole influences (M. Alleyne). National language. Bible 1535-1989.
GuamGuam USA military and dependents. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
GuyanaGuyana Spoken as first language by some Blacks and some Hindustanis. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
HondurasHonduras Bible 1535-1989.
IndiaIndia Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
IrelandIreland National language. Bible 1535-1989.
IsraelIsrael Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
JamaicaJamaica National language. Bible 1535-1989.
KenyaKenya Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
KiribatiKiribati National language. Bible 1535-1989.
LebanonLebanon Has been used to some extent since the founding of the American University of Beirut in 1866. Many English language publications. Not spoken on the street or in Lebanese homes. Bible 1535-1989.
LesothoLesotho Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
LiberiaLiberia Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
MalawiMalawi Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
MalaysiaMalaysia Bible 1535-1989.
MaltaMalta National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. Bible 1535-1989.
MauritiusMauritius Used in secondary school, courts, for road signs. Not widely known. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Midway IslandsMidway Islands National language. 99% USA military. Bible 1535-1989.
MontserratMontserrat National language. Bible 1535-1989.
NamibiaNamibia Not understood or spoken by everyone. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
NauruNauru National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles Post-creole English is the dialect used (Alleyne). The third most important language in Netherlands Antilles. Bible 1382-1989.
New ZealandNew Zealand National language. Bible 1382-1989.
NigeriaNigeria Used in government, education. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
NiueNiue National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Norfolk IslandNorfolk Island National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana National language. Bible 1535-1989.
PakistanPakistan Mainly second language speakers in Pakistan. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
PalauPalau National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Papua New GuineaPapua NG Official language. Used in schools. Bible 1535-1989.
PhilippinesPhilippines National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Pitcairn IslandsPitcarn National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico National language. Bible 1535-1989.
RwandaRwanda There may be more users of English than of French. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Saint HelenaSaint Helena National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Saint LuciaSaint Lucia There is an emerging English vernacular on St. Lucia, in a certain rural area. It is significantly restructured, heavily French creole-influenced, English lexicon (Paul Garrett 1998). National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Saint Pierre and MiquelonSt Pierre+ Bible 1535-1989.
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ National language. Bible 1535-1989.
SeychellesSeychelles Principal language of the schools. Official language. Bible 1382-1989.
Sierra LeoneSierra Leone Used in administration, law, education, commerce. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
SingaporeSingapore Ethnic groups which use English: Chinese 154,000, 68%; European and Eurasian 34,000, 15%; Indian 32,000, 14%; Malay 6,000, 3%. Chinese varieties and Tamil also used at home. National language. Bible 1382-1989.
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands National language. Bible 1382-1989.
SomaliaSomalia Used more in the north. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
South AfricaSouth Africa The main means of communication in urban areas. Many second generation people from India, Portugal, Germany, and Greece speak English as first language. Official language. Bible 1382-1989.
Sri LankaSri Lanka Bible 1535-1989.
SwazilandSwaziland Taught in all government and private schools. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
TanzaniaTanzania Used by some Asian residents as mother tongue. Taught in secondary school and university. Bible 1535-1989.
The BahamasThe Bahamas National language. Bible 1535-1989.
The GambiaThe Gambia Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
TokelauTokelau Used in schools. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
TongaTonga Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks+ National language. Bible 1535-1989.
UgandaUganda Used in primary schools, law courts. Official language. Newspapers, radio programs. Bible 1535-1989.
United StatesUnited States There are many regional dialects. Official language. Bible 1382-1989.
VanuatuVanuatu First language speakers are from the United Kingdom. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Wake IslandWake Island National language. 99% USA military. Bible 1535-1989.
ZambiaZambia Spoken as mother tongue by Europeans mainly. A small minority of Zambian Africans speak it as a mother tongue. Used as a second language. The only language of Parliament. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
ZimbabweZimbabwe Spoken by most Europeans and an increasing number of Africans. Used in all or most education. Official language. Newspapers. Bible 1535-1989.

Citation

"All countries compared for Language > English status", Ethnologue. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Language/English-status

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English is NOT an official language of the United States... this is inaccurate.

Posted on 17 Jun 2009

John

John

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