Why everyone needs to know about English as a Lingua Franca

Did you know that in total around 1.75 billion people in the world speak English to a useful level? Just under 400 million of them are native speakers (English is their first language) which means that most people speaking English speak it as a second language or as a foreign language.

Did you know that if you listen to all the conversations in English happening around the world, just 4% of those conversations involve only native speakers ? English is the language of global communication.

If you want to speak with the world, you need English, but do you need the same English as a British or a Canadian person? Here is my wonderful colleague Catherine Lejtenyi and me, talking about why you need to know about English as a Lingua Franca.

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