English is a West Germanic language that originated in Anglo-Saxon England. As a result of the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the British Empire during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and of the United States since the late 19th century, it has become the lingua franca in many parts of the world. It is used extensively as a second language and as an official language in Commonwealth countries and many international organizations.
Asking for a pay raise, when you have planned and prepared, can still be somewhat scary. Asking for a pay raise without planning and preparation is a crap shoot. And, you've wasted your best shot. Your boss isn't going to want to have that pay raise conversation with you again unless something changes at work.