There are about 5,000 languages spoken in the world today (a third of them in Africa)
What are some things that link all languages?
Why is English considered Germanic? The history of the English language really started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD (their language was called Englisc )
Meanwhile the evolutionary processes go on. Already there are many varieties of English in use.
Pidgin English in New Guinea
In the same way English-speaking communities in the West Indies or in India (not to mention America) have developed local words, phrases and constructions which give their own version of the language a special color.