It is the world’s second largest native language, the official language in 70 countries, and English-speaking countries responsable for about 40 of world’s total GNP, all over the planet people know many English words, their pronunciation and meaning.
English first began to spread during the 16th century with British Empire and was strongly reinforced in 20th by USA.
English is one of the simplest and easiest natural languages in the world. Also uses Latin alphabet with only 26 basic letters and no diacritics, and is one of the most analytical languages, with no significant synthetic, fusional or agglutinative characteristics.
In conclusion, we talk about the universal language it is lucky for us that our universal language is the simplest and easiest one, even though that simplicity and easiness weren’t the reasons that lead English to that condition.