Serves as the official or semi-official language in more than 60 countries around the world. Since the 20th century, it has been the most widely spoken language as part of the international affairs process. It has been the official language of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malta, the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago. Modern English grammar is simple and derived from New English. There is no declension of nouns, which makes it easier for learners, but there are 4 past, 4 present and 4 future tenses and these can make it difficult to learn English fluently. A basic knowledge of grammar is sufficient for free, everyday communication.