Answer English – Study English in London
The English language belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages, widely spoken on six continents. English is the primary language of the USA, Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and various Pacific and Caribbean islands, it is also an official language of India, the Philippines, and many African nations.
Many people study English in London – it is the second most widely spoken native tongue in the world, the first language of over 350 million people, the most widely taught foreign language in schools around the world and the current international language of commerce and science.
Written using the modern Latin alphabet, English is most obviously related to German, Frisian and Dutch, although links to other European languages can also be clearly established. It can be traced back to the migration of the Angles and Saxons from Northern Europe to Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. 1066 brought a huge French influence into the English language. Classic Greek and Latin words filtered in during the 15th century, after which the Modern English language (as taught in any London language school) is seen as emerging.
Many people who learn English in London will recognise parts of their own language in English, much as they will recognise parts of English in their language. Some European countries have gone to great lengths to avoid having English words infiltrate their native tongue, while others are more accepting of the language’s permeative powers. It has been suggested that this is one reason for the current international preeminence of English; that the language is more willing to adapt than many other European languages.
An intensive English course in London is a great way to learn English for college, or for an internship within a British or American organisation. There is arguably no profession in which a good grasp of English is a disadvantage, while many professions now require good English. The majority of international politics is now conducted in English, while organisations such as the EU, NATO, UN, FIFA and the IOC all use English as a primary language.
Yet more learners study business English in London. This is due, in part, to the fact that London is one of the most important cities for business in the world. The majority of Britain’s economy flows through the bustling metropolis, while a number of the world’s largest companies are listed on the London Stock Exchange. Some people on business courses would do better to learn legal English on a specialised course, but not all schools offer one. It is important to choose the correct professional English course as different courses have different targets which may not be suited to all learners.