As we are all facing varying degrees of lockdown due to the corona virus, the most important order of the day is to keep ourselves and families safe. This means avoiding groups greater than 5 whenever possible, maintaining physical distance and frequent handwashing. Once you settle in, you may want to consider brushing up on your English. For the next while, Sunshine Coast English will be providing 1.5 hours of language instruction over Skype every Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:00pm PST for just $10.00 CDN for session (minimum 4 students). Subject matter will vary but will always be focused. A lesson may feature vocabulary, grammar points, test taking strategies, speaking practice, or writing tips. Visit us via Facebook or email for details. Until then, stay safe, stay home!!
The English language is a widely distributed language and is the official language of many countries. It is also extensively used as a second language in several countries around the world. English forms part of the Indo-European family of languages.
An estimated 400 - 450 million people speak English as their first language. A recent estimate is that 1.9 billion people, nearly a third of the world's population, have basic English language proficiency. English is the dominant international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, diplomacy and the Internet.
English is currently the second most commonly spoken language in the world behind Chinese, which has over 1 billion-plus speakers. In the European Union, more people choose to learn English than any other language. It is also the most studied language in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.