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English as a Global LanguageSome questions seem like they should have obvious answers. Who's buried in Grant's tomb? How many countries are there in the world? Which language has the most speakers worldwide? However, not all questions are as simple as they appear. Grant was entombed, not buried. The number of countries depends on international politics and definitions. What are we looking for in the question of how many people speak a language? native speakers? Fluent speakers? People with a working knowledge? When one looks at the idea of global language, one might be tempted to look at pure numbers. As a native language, English is surpassed by chinese and Spanish, and closely followed by by Hindu, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, japanese, and Punjabi (Ethnologue). With birth rate on the decline in the many countries where English is the native language, and on the rise in many of the countries where other languages in the top ten are spoken, one might consider that the future of English as a global language is in doubt. However, looking at the other languages in the top ten, the native speakers of most of them reside in only one or two countries (India, Bangladesh, Russia, Japan, and portugal and brazil). Conversely, English has gained its foothold globally