North Wind and the Sun in English.
English is a West Germanic Indo-European language. It is spoken as a native language by an estimated 400 million people and this makes it the third most widely spoken language in the world. Other West Germanic languages are Frisian, Low German/Low Saxon, German, Dutch and Afrikaans. It is the official language (or one of the official languages) in 60 countries.
The recordings below illustrate three varieties of English: RP, Scottish English and American English. The recordings were made in the University of Edinburgh Phonetics laboratory in the 1950s. The RP text is read by David Abercrombie.
Roach, Peter (2004). "English, British: Received pronunciation". Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 34/2, pp. 239-245.
Hillenbrand, J.M. (2003). American English: Southern Michigan. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 33/1, pp. 121-126.