How many people around the world speak English? Josh from Transition and ShaoLan discuss not just how to say the word “English” in Chinese, but also about how many different kinds of English there are in the world. Which type of English is the most correct? According to Josh, which kind of English has the coolest accent? ShaoLan also teaches some useful extras such as how to describe a teacher of a particular language or taking a language class.
The word in Chinese for English is 英文, where 英 is simply a phonetic translation to represent “England,” and then 文 means “literature” or “language,” so together “England’s language” means “English.”