National Geographic : 1943 Dec
The National Geographic Magazine '^1t-a English, Mightiest Language Empire, Spreads to the Far Parts of the World Dominant tongue of the British Isles, North America, Australia, and New Zealand, English also is the most widely used secondary tongue in many sections of the globe. In the bilingual Union of South Africa, it shares honors with Afrikaans. Arabic dialects, not so important numerically as some other languages, blanket a vast section of North Africa and extend over into Asia Minor. Only Portuguese-speaking Brazil breaks the virtual over-all Spanish pattern in South and Central America. Chinese dialects and Russian, spoken by vast numbers, are chiefly confined within the political boundaries of China and the Soviet Union. 696 -n _'