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What is the anglosphere? Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Culture

A world map with the anglosphere in green.

Anglosphere is a word that refers to all the countries where English is the most common language spoken by the citizens of that country.  The United States is part of the anglosphere, but so are: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.  But these are not the only countries that are part of the anglosphere, there are many more countries around the world that have English as one of their official languages or as the de facto* official language.  There is no “official language” for the United States, though of course, English is the de facto official language.  Most countries in which English is the official or de facto language there is some colonial era connection to the United Kingdom, such as in The Bahamas, India, The Cook Islands.  There are also some areas in which English is spoken in which there is some colonial era connection to the United States, such as in Guam, The Philippines, and Puerto Rico.  All together there are an estimated 380-400 million native speakers of English worldwide.  Not all of these people necessarily live in the anglosphere, but the great majority of them do.  There are close to 2 billion second language English speakers worldwide – and that includes you!  Both the anglosphere and the number of English language learners are still growing.  English is now also one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union, and the International Olympic Committee.  This prevalence of the English language around the world is just one reason that learning the English language has become so important in the last few years.  I am sure none of this is news to you as you are among the many people out there trying to learn English either for business, travel, or pleasure.  Transparent Language is committed to helping English language learners and offers many tools to help you. Be sure to take advantage of these as you work on improving your English and increasing the anglosphere.

*de facto = in reality or in actuality

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Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.