English is a language that is spoken all over the world and is often referred to as “lingua franca”. Lingua franca is a language that is adopted as a common language among speakers of other languages. English is often used when it comes to international diplomacy, academic journals as well as global commerce. In addition, English is the most common language on the internet. For about five hundred years ago, there were between five and seven million english speakers in the world. According to “Babbel.com,” up to 1.5 billion people speak English today, either as their first or second language. That is more than 20% of the world’s population. So, how did English reach this kind of status?