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English is an Indo-European, part of the West Germanic languages and its origins are in the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic settlers. Old English was a diverse group of dialects of which Late West Saxon eventually came to dominate.Cohabitation with the Scandinavians resulted in a significant grammatical simplification. The introduction of Christianity added Latin and Greek words to the language.The English colonization of North America created the American English. Some pronunciations "froze" when they reached the American Continent, words such as fall as a synonym for autumn, trash for rubbish, and loan instead of lend. Raccoon, tomato, canoe, barbecue, savanna, and hickory have native American roots and were adopted to the English spoken in Britain. Mustang, canyon, ranch, stampede, and vigilante are all examples of Spanish words that were adopted into English. English is spoken as first language in England, American Continent, Australia, New Zeeland. It is the second language for many international organizations, resulting in over 1 billion speakers all over the world.
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