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The article provide only 4 references; 2 for the India, 1 for the Philippines and 1 for Jaimaca, despite presenting information for 54 nations.
The article is also notable for its lack of reference to English literacy skills; it refers only to speaking ability.
2 billion English speakers... that came as a surprise to me.
There is no mention, whatsoever, of 2 billion English speakers. It is claimed, however, that the combined population of the nations in which English is supposedly an official language, totals 2.135 billion.
Preceding the reference to the aggregate population is a statement that India (the population of which makes up more than half of the 2.135 billion) has approximately 100,200,000 speakers of English.
Do you have a math shortcoming or a reading comprehension shortcoming?
Africans seem to learn English as a second foreign tongue quite effortlessly.
What language, prey tell, do Africans learn as a first foreign tongue? Indeed, how many foreign 'tongues' (obviously not including their mother tongue) do Africans learn ?
- Re: List of countries where English is an official language -- Longdong -- 2008-04-30