The English language has become the Lingua Franca, of global
communication. Yet, there are only about eighteen countries where English is the native language.
There are numerous English dialects spoken around the world. Differences can be seen in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, use of dates/numbers, use of idioms and colloquial expressions, etc. If native English speakers have difficulty understanding these numerous dialects, consider the challenges for non-native English speakers! While many people study English in school, it is often more "standard" than what is actually spoken. Native English speakers need to be sensitized to these challenges and make efforts to practice "language modification" in their spoken and written communications.