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About the English language

Over 350 million people speak English as their first language, including 55 million in the UK and more than 200 million in the USA. It's an official language in over 50 countries around the world.

The total number of people who can speak English, including those who speak it as a second language, is well over a billion.

English is a relatively easy language to learn. With a little practice, you should soon find yourself able to get by in most everyday situations.

The aim of Speak English! is to provide a high quality resource for adults who wish to learn English online.

It is part of the Speak Languages! network of websites.

Sound is available for all the phrases and vocabulary on this site. It has been recorded to the highest quality by native English speakers.

Access to the site is completely free.

The words and phrases on this site are in British English. However, the language you learn will allow you to make yourself understood anywhere in the world where English is spoken.

So why learn English?

An international language

Learning to speak English will allow you to communicate with a massive number of people around the globe.

Boost your job prospects

In an increasingly inter-connected world, a good knowledge of English is a great advantage for many jobs. English is also the most widely used language for international business.


Any trip or stay in an English-speaking country will be greatly enriched if you can speak a little of the language. Even in countries where English isn't the local language, you will still find it enormously useful on your travels.