Abuja is the capital of the most populous country in Africa (Nigeria) and boasts of some of the best language schools in the country. Being the capital city of Nigeria, it welcomes people from different countries. This is why it's important to learn the English language for better communication.

Learning, as we know, is a continuous process that involves one to continue reading and picking up new knowledge. The learning process continues for years until the end of a person's life on earth. The belief that the acquisition of knowledge ends as soon as one leaves the university is absolutely false as people learn new languages and get perfected on existing ones every day.

Subjects such as Maths, Sciences, and Languages are popular courses that people continue to learn even till their old age. Since the lingua-franca of Nigeria is English, it makes it necessary for people living in the country to speak English as a second language. Therefore it's important for people coming to Abuja to acquire a basic understanding of English.

If you are currently reading this article, that means that you possess a relatively high level of English proficiency. Nevertheless, this article will be a good read as it will explain to you the origins of the English Language and ways to acquire fluency in English.

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History of the English Language

Studies have shown that they are more than 1.5 billion native English speakers worldwide. This is approximately 15-20 percent of the world's population. Different ancient tongues and cultures influenced the English language. The history of the English language started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes that invaded Britain during the 5th century AD.

These tribes such as the Saxons, the Angles, and the Jutes crossed the North Sea from what is known today as Northern Germany and Denmark. Before the invasion, the inhabitants of Britain spoke the Celtic language. Those who spoke the Celtic language were pushed away by the invaders to areas such as Ireland, Scotland, and Wales which made room for the tongue of the Anglo-Saxons.

The Angles came from “Englaland”, and their language was called “Englisc” from which the words “England” and “English” were derived.

It's necessary to understand that the language of the Anglo-Saxon settlers is what is commonly known as Old English. Most native English speakers now would have great difficulty in understanding Old English. Notwithstanding this fact, almost half of the commonly used words in Modern English have their roots in Old English.

William the Conqueror, who was the Duke of Normandy invaded and conquered England thereby bringing with them a unique kind of French which became prominent and officially used within the Royal Court, the business classes, and the ruling families. During this period, the higher classes of the society spoke French while the lower levels converse in English.

Although English was seen as a form of class distinction during this period, English became the major language used in Britain again after the changes that occurred politically and socially. Towards the end of the Middle English era, there was a sudden change that occurred in the pronunciation, which was later known as the Great Vowel Shift.

This lead to the inclusion of many new words and phrases. The invention of printing also lead to an increase in people who began to learn how to read, and this brought about the standardization of English.

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The English language, as we know it now comes from different varieties. These popular varieties are what we know as British English and American English here in Nigeria. American English is likened to Shakespeare's type of English. Some expressions and worlds in the American English known as Americanisms were, in fact, original British expressions that were preserved in colonies but lost in Britain.

Good examples of these words or expressions include "trash for rubbish" "fall for autumn". Another good example is other American words such as "frame-up" that were imported from American Hollywood gangster movies into the British lexicon as used in Nigeria.

The Spaniards were also believed to have influenced American and British English. Some of these Spanish words that have found a way into the English lexicon include vigilante, ranch, canyon, and stampede. More so, some French words through Louisiana and other West African words as a result of the slave trade have also had an influence on the American and to an extent on British English.

Other varieties of English around the world include

  • Australian English
  • Canadian English
  • New Zealand English
  • Indian English
  • Caribbean English
  • South African English

Presently, English as a language is currently recognized as the official language of 67 sovereign countries and 27 non-sovereign states. Examples of countries where English is frequently spoken and a lingua franca include

  • The United Kingdom.
  • The United States
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Antigua
  • Barbados 
  • Belize
  • Botswana 
  • Guyana
  • Ireland

It is worth noting that English is the world’s most spoken second language and the most popular language spoken in Nigeria both in School, the market, the parliament, offices, and in almost every sector of the Nigerian economy.

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The Best English Language Schools in Abuja

Abuja is a city of international repute that hosts the nation's capital. It boasts of a beehive of activities due to different individuals coming into the city to look for greener pasture. The city is famous for its nightlife and educational institutes that specialize in teaching people the English Language.

Also, numerous educator of the English language lives in Abuja being the country capital. These tutors help in teaching people how to become fluent in their grammar in relation to vowel and consonant sounds. In Abuja, different educators and language institutes exist in the city capital.

Here we would be considering some of the best language academic institutes and private online tutoring options where one can learn how to write, read and speak English as a Second Language in the city of Abuja. Like as seen in most big cities in Nigeria such as Lagos, Kano, and Port Harcourt, Abuja does not disappoint in providing various ESL and other language schools for immigrant learners and Nigerian who wish to acquire fluency in the language.

If you are among the people asking where to find professional and experience English teachers near me! Here are the best ESL institutes in Abuja.

  • Abuja English School – located at 19 Agadez Street, Wuse 2 Abuja, FCT 
  • Language School – located at No 3 Atbara street, off Cairo street, Wuse 2 Abuja, F.C.T
  • Primmer Language Institutes – located at 2 Kudang Street Off Monrovia Street Along, Aminu Kano Cres, Wuse 2, Abuja
  • Koos -End Languages Centre, Abuja - located at Suite C2, Jodepal Plaza, Opposite Dalchi Gym, near Fidelity Bank,1st Avenue, Gwarinpa Estate 900108, Abuja

The aforementioned schools are only a few of the many options available in and around Abuja. With further research, you can also see more professional institutes where one can learn the English language and become a pro in it.

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The Superprof platform helps you to brush up on a variety of skills, hobbies and offers unique services for different academic disciplines. The professional and certified tutors offer competitive prices for their services, and there can be found in different nooks and cranny of the city center.

As of today, the site boost of over 100 verified English tutors who are willing to offer either face-to-face  (home tutoring) or online English tutorials through webcam, Skype, Facetime, and other video conferencing applications.

It is important for you to browse through the tutors to be able to find available tutors that can suit your educational needs and the level of your English speaking skill. The price range of the different English teachers on the platform varies according to the tutor's experience, academic qualifications, and type of speaker (Native English Speaker or English as Second Language).

Nevertheless, the average prices per hour for an English lesson tutor on the Superprof platform can be as low as ₦750 and as high as ₦5000. The choice is entirely yours based on your budget and need.

The best part of the Superprof website is that the first lesson offer on the platform is usually free of charge. The major reason for this is to give you the opportunity to try out a few tutors before settling on the final one that you can work with.

In conclusion, learning English as a second or a third language in the city of Abuja is entirely possible due to the presence of language institutes and hundreds of Superprof English teachers that have dedicated their working lives to students or client's success.

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