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The number of speakers of English in Shakespeare's time is estimated to have been about fivemillion. Today it is estimated that some 260 million people speak it as a (an) 21language,mainly in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.In addition to the standard varieties of English found in these areas,22 are a great many regionaland social varieties of the language as well as 23 levels of usage that are employed both in itsspoken and written forms.
In fact,it is 24 to estimate the number of people in the world who have acquired an adequate working knowledge of English in addition to their own languages. The 25 for Englishlearning and the situations in which such learning takes place are so varied that it is 26 to explainand still more difficult to judge 27 forms an adequate working knowledge~~for each situation.
The main reason for the widespread 28 for English is its present day importance as a worldlanguage. Besides 29 the indefinite needs of its native speakers, English is a language in whichsome of important works in science, technology, and other 30 are being produced, and not alwaysby native speakers. It is widely used for 31 purposes as meteorological ( 气象的 ) and airportcommunications, international conferences, and the 32of information over the radio and televi-sion networks of many 33. It is a language of wider communication for a number of developingcountries, specially former British colonies. Many of these countries have multi-lingual 34 andneed a language for internal communication in such matters as government, commerce, industry, lawand 35 as well as for international communication and for entrance to the scientific and techno-logical developments in the West.