English is the most spoken language in the world  and the third-most spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish.  It is the most widely learned second language and is either the official language or one of the official languages in 59 sovereign states.
For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. English is a language that started in Anglo-Saxon England. It is originally from Anglo-Frisian and Old Saxon dialects. English is now used as a global language. There are about 375 million native speakers (people who use it as their first language) in the world.
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The English Wikipedia is, along with the Simple English Wikipedia, one of two English-language editions of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. It was founded on 15 January 2001 as Wikipedia's first edition and, as of 29 November 2022, has the most articles of any edition, at 6,581,218. 
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The English Wikipedia is the English language edition of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia. English is the first language in which Wikipedia was written. It was started on 15 January 2001. It is the largest encyclopedia in the world, and the largest version of Wikipedia since April 2019.  It has 6,580,437 articles as of 28 November 2022. 
english is a west germanic language which was first spoken in early medieval england and is now a global lingua franca. [ 1][ 2] it is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the united kingdom, the united states, canada, australia, ireland, new zealand and a number of caribbean nations; and …