Fun facts about countries where English is spoken
If you enjoy learning languages and discovering other cultures, then you might want to know more about the English language! Curiosities are always fun to learn, so let’s go over a few surprising facts about countries where English is spoken.
1. English is not recognized as an official language of the United States.
Yes, you read that right. Although the USA is one of the countries where English is the primary language of the population, it has never declared it as an official language. In fact, the USA doesn’t have an official language. That’s because the USA is a multilingual territory, and has been even before the founding of the republic. Not declaring an official language – despite the fact that English has always been its predominant language – was a way of protecting that linguistic diversity.
2. Some American states have their own official language, apart from English.
Although the USA has no official language as a country, some of its states do. While 32 of them have declared English as their official language, there are a few that have also recognized other official languages. For example, Alaska recognizes 20 indigenous official languages, apart from English. In Hawaii, Hawaiian is recognized as an official language next to English.
3. There’s only one English speaking country in South America.
While South America is primarily a Spanish-speaking continent, there’s one South American country where English is an official language. It’s Guyana, and it used to be a British colony until 1966, when it gained its independence. However, even though English is an official language in this country, the majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole as their main language.