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English is an important language in most countries in the world. It is the first language (L1) for about 400 million people. It is the native language of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and . English is the second language (L2) for over 1,400 million people. They live in countries like India, South Africa and . So, altogether, nearly 2 billion people speak English. That’s 30% of the world’s population.

Four other languages are very important in the world. They are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French and . There are nearly one billion speakers of Mandarin . People in 26 countries speak . For example, French is the L1 of people in Algeria, Niger and . People in 21 countries speak . They include Spain, Mexico and many countries in Central and South . Arabic is the first language of 17 countries, for instance, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and .