, the official language in 70 countries, and English-speaking countries are responsible for about 40% of world's total GNP.
English can be at least understood almost everywhere among scholars
and educated people, as it is the world media language, and the language
of cinema, TV, pop music and the computer world. All over the planet people
know many English words, their pronunciation and meaning.
The causes for this universality are very well known and understandable.
English first began to spread during the 16th century with British Empire
and was strongly reinforced in 20th by USA world domination in economic,
political and military aspects and by the huge influence of American movies.
The concept of a Universal Language is more significant only now, in the
era of world mass communication. Before this era Greek, Latin, French were to
some extent universal languages, though mainly in Europe.
By a lucky coincidence due to factors above, English, the Universal language,
is one of the simplest and easiest in the world. The only
other simple and easy languages are constructed ones.
To continue reading....
(Article from www.Omiglot.com)