In this article, we give you 5 facts about the English language so that you get extra coverage about the language! The English language is the most used and spoken language in the world with millions of people speaking.
At times you get confused with English Grammar and at times some English movies and books build up your interest levels for the language. You could call the English language that is fun, confusing, exciting, and complicated too. English is a language wherein you will always have something to learn right from spelling to vocabulary to grammar and whatnot.
If you want to understand this beautiful language in a much better way, you would want to look at these 5 facts about the language that you might have not known until now!
1. ENGLISH LANGUAGE HAD A GRAMMATICAL GENDER
Surprising, isn’t it? This is one of the 5 facts and did you know that various languages have grammatical gender? The English language used to have grammatical gender but now it does not have it. If you want to know more about how did English lose its grammatical gender, you would want to read this book “Gender Shifts in the History of English”. All of your questions will be answered through the book. Now you only memorize the meaning of the word and not its gender.
- ENGLISH HAD 29 LETTERS INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT 26 LETTERS
Now we have 26 English alphabets but before, there were 29 English alphabets. Over the years, a few alphabets have been removed which is why the English alphabets have gotten smaller.
- EVERY 2 HOURS, A NEW WORD GETS ADDED TO THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY
Yes, it’s a fact that every two hours, a new word gets added to the English dictionary. It has been estimated by the editors of the Oxford Dictionary that 4,000 new words get added to the dictionary every year.
- THE U.S DOES NOT HAVE AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
A few states have declared English being their official language but as far as their federal level is concerned, they do not have an official language. We see the U.S as a place that speaks English every now and then but surprisingly, English is not their official language. In case if you move to the U.S, you will find a lot many people speaking non-native languages.
- ON AN AVERAGE, AN ENGLISH SPEAKER KNOWS BETWEEN 20,000 AND 30,000 WORDS
It will be a relief for you as well as daunting to you that you will not have to memorize all the English words at once and at the same time the mentioned figures are massive, right? But, facts are facts!
We hope our readers must have gained quite good information from this post and we will continue to surprise you every day!