This West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family was originated in England and is the dominant language in third position after Mandarin and Spanish. English is the first choice of foreign language in most other counties of the world. English has freely accepted and settled in words from many other languages, acquiring them sometimes directly and sometimes by designing routes. English is conventionally divided into three major historical periods: Old English. Middle English and Modern English. The term English is derived from Angles, the speech of the Angles-one of the three Germanic tribes that invaded during the fifth century. English has borrowed words from over 350 other languages, and over three-quarters of the English glossary is actually Classical or Romance in origin.
The vocabulary of English is currently 70 to 80 % composed of words of Greek and Latin origin. Evidence of this may be found in the fact that it is quite easy to create a sentence without words of Latin origin, but pretty much impossible to make one that has no words from Old English. It has no Academy to tell what is real English and what is not. Perhaps, the most two salient characteristics of present day English are its highly analytic grammar and its immense dictionary.