April 23 Is World English Language Day

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1 min readApr 23, 2020

April 23 is observed as UN English Language Day, every year. The day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 to celebrate the English language and multilingualism. It coincides with William Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book and Copyright Day.

There are 360 million native speakers of English in the world, making it the 3rd most widely spoken. English is the official language in 67 sovereign states and 27 non-sovereign entities. A lot of this is due to the former British Empire. English does not have official status in the United States (there is no official language in the United States). Due to its status as “The Language of Business,” English is learned by many worldwide as a second language.

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