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Language > English status: Countries Compared

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
American Samoa Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Anguilla National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Antigua and Barbuda National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Aruba The third most important language. Bible 1382-1989.
Australia Minor regional dialect differences. Neo-Nyungar is the community dialect of the Nyungar people. National language. Dictionary. Bible 1382-1989.
Barbados National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Belize Used in education, government, and business. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Bermuda Colloquial English may not be a creole but a regional variety of uncreolized English. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Botswana 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 Territory 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 Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Brunei Government, education. Used increasingly by educated speakers as first or second language. National language. Newspapers, TV. Bible 1535-1989.
Cameroon Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Canada National language. Bible 1382-1989.
Cayman Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Cook Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Dominica National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Eritrea Language of higher education and many technical fields. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Ethiopia Language of higher education, many technical fields, and international communication. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Federated States of Micronesia National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Fiji 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.
Ghana Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Gibraltar 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.
Grenada Post-creole English with French Creole influences (M. Alleyne). National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Guam USA military and dependents. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Guyana Spoken as first language by some Blacks and some Hindustanis. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Honduras Bible 1535-1989.
India Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Ireland National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Israel Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Jamaica National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Kenya Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Kiribati National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Lebanon 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.
Lesotho Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Liberia Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Malawi Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Malaysia Bible 1535-1989.
Malta National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Marshall Islands Bible 1535-1989.
Mauritius Used in secondary school, courts, for road signs. Not widely known. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Midway Islands National language. 99% USA military. Bible 1535-1989.
Montserrat National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Namibia Not understood or spoken by everyone. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Nauru National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Netherlands Antilles Post-creole English is the dialect used (Alleyne). The third most important language in Netherlands Antilles. Bible 1382-1989.
New Zealand National language. Bible 1382-1989.
Nigeria Used in government, education. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Niue National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Norfolk Island National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Northern Mariana Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Pakistan Mainly second language speakers in Pakistan. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Palau National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Papua New Guinea Official language. Used in schools. Bible 1535-1989.
Philippines National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Pitcairn Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Puerto Rico National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Rwanda There may be more users of English than of French. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Saint Helena National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Saint 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 Miquelon Bible 1535-1989.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Seychelles Principal language of the schools. Official language. Bible 1382-1989.
Sierra Leone Used in administration, law, education, commerce. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Singapore 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 Islands National language. Bible 1382-1989.
Somalia Used more in the north. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
South 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 Lanka Bible 1535-1989.
Swaziland Taught in all government and private schools. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Tanzania Used by some Asian residents as mother tongue. Taught in secondary school and university. Bible 1535-1989.
The Bahamas National language. Bible 1535-1989.
The Gambia Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Tokelau Used in schools. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Tonga Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Trinidad and Tobago National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Turks and Caicos Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Uganda Used in primary schools, law courts. Official language. Newspapers, radio programs. Bible 1535-1989.
United States There are many regional dialects. Official language. Bible 1382-1989.
Vanuatu First language speakers are from the United Kingdom. National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Virgin Islands National language. Bible 1535-1989.
Wake Island National language. 99% USA military. Bible 1535-1989.
Zambia 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.
Zimbabwe Spoken by most Europeans and an increasing number of Africans. Used in all or most education. Official language. Newspapers. Bible 1535-1989.

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"Countries Compared by Language > English status. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Ethnologue. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Language/English-status

Interesting observations about 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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