English around the world
English Around the World
English is spoken in many smaller countries and communities all over the world. Many of the spoken dialects are called pidgin English. They do not have a formal written version and may vary a lot from Standard English.
The countries with the highest populations of native English speakers are, in descending order:
As these pidgin variants over time develop a fixed pattern they may develop their own fixed spelling and grammar. Then they are often called Creole Englishes.
Both Creole and pidgin Englishes have emerged as a result of colonial expansion, slavery and international trade - all of which require a basic common language for communication.
Listen to Bill Bryson interview Loreto Todd, Professor at Leeds University, who has specialized in pidgin English:
For variants within more formal Englishes you may study this site. Listen to at least ten words and compare how they are pronounced in a number of regions worldwide:www.soundcomparisons.com