English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and its currently the most spoken language in the world. The English language is now spoken in six continents as it is the primary language of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, and several others.
Modern English, which include the works of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible is dated from about 1550, and after the United Kingdom became a colonial power, English served as the lingua franca of the colonies of the British Empire.
The English language belongs to the Indo-European family of languages and is therefore related to most other languages spoken in Europe and western Asia from Iceland to India. Its parent tongue, Proto-Indo-European, was spoken about 5,000 years ago by nomads believed to have roamed southeast Europe.
The word English derives from the eponym Angle, the name of a Germanic tribe thought to originate from the Angeln area of Jutland, now in northern Germany.