To make matters worse, the large number of speakers and the diverse nationalities of those speakers are causing the language to become even more complex over time.
There are considerable differences between American English and British English. You might be surprised to hear that the Oxford English Dictionary now contains dozens of Nigerian English words.
The various cultures of English speakers are gradually producing a language which is that little bit different in every region in which it is spoken. English is not one language, but many.
An English soundtrack
Culture has also proved crucial to the dominance of the English language. There’s a chicken and egg situation here. Has British and American music topped the charts across the globe because so many people speak English or do more people speak English because they listen to British and American music? The same could be said of movies and television productions.
There are few regions of the world that the music of the Beetles or Kanye West have yet to reach. You will hear the dulcet tones of Freddie Mercury blaring out of radios just about everywhere. Most artists seeking fame and fortune perform their music in English to appeal to the widest possible audience. ABBA may never have become such a global phenomenon had they chosen to sing in Swedish. That’s just the way it is, at least for now. Ta En Chane På Mig simply doesn’t have the same ring about it as Take A Chance On Me!