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INTERNET USERS BY LANGUAGE


Top Ten Languages Used in the Web
( Number of Internet Users by Language )

TOP TEN LANGUAGES
IN THE INTERNET

% of all
Internet Users

Internet Users
by Language

Internet
Penetration
by Language

Internet Growth
for Language
( 2000 - 2005 )

World Population
2006 Estimate
for the Language

English

30.0 %

312,924,679

27.8 %

128.1 %

1,125,664,397

Chinese

13.8 %

144,301,513

10,8 %

346.7 %

1,340,767,863

Japanese

8.3 %

86,300,000

67.2 %

83.3 %

128,389,000

Spanish

7.5 %

78,166,075

17.9 %

216.7 %

429,293,261

German

5.6 %

58,214,778

60.7 %

110.9 %

95,982,043

French

4.4 %

45,807,499

12.0 %

275.5 %

381,193,149

Korean

3.2 %

33,900,000

45.8 %

78.0 %

73,945,860

Portuguese

3.1 %

32,372,000

14.0 %

327.3 %

230,846,275

Italian

2.8 %

28,870,000

48.8 %

118.7 %

59,115,261

Russian

2.3 %

23,700,000

16.5 %

664.5 %

143,682,757

TOP TEN LANGUAGES

81.0 %

844,556,544

21.0 %

160.7 %

4,008,879,867

Rest of World Languages

19.0 %

198,548,342

8.0 %

436.0 %

2,490,817,193

WORLD TOTAL

100.0 %

1,043,104,886

16.0 %

189.0 %

6,499,697,060

(*) NOTES: (1) Internet Top Ten Languages Usage Stats were updated on June 30, 2006. (2) Internet Penetration is the ratio between the sum of Internet users speaking a language and the total population estimate that speaks that specific language. (3) The most recent Internet usage information comes from data published by Nielsen//NetRatings, International Telecommunications Union, Computer Industry Almanac, and other reliable sources. (4) World population information comes from the world gazetteer web site. (5) For definitions and navigation help, see the Site Surfing Guide. (6) Stats may be cited, stating the source and establishing an active link back to Internet World Stats. ©Copyright 2006, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved.


Examples for data interpretation:
- There are 78,166,075 Spanish speaking people using the Internet, this represents 7.5 % of all the Internet users.
- Out of the estimated 429,293,261 world population that speaks Spanish, 17.9 % use the Internet.
- The number of Spanish Speaking Internet Users has grown 216.7 % in the last five years (2000-2005).


Tallying the number of speakers of the world's languages is an increasingly complex task, particularly with the push in many countries to teach English in their public schools. How many people can actually use the global language? David Graddol estimated a total of 750 million L1 (first or native language) plus L2 (second or nth language) speakers of English in his Future of English Report for the British Council in 1997. One of our subscribers, Martin Schell, has reviewed Prof. Braj Kachru's new book Asian Englishes which claims that India and China combined have over half a billion "users" of English.

Indeed, many people are bilingual or multilingual, but here we assign only one language per person in order to have all the language totals add up to the total world population (zero-sum approach). No adjustments have been made for infants or illiteracy in the Internet penetration rate calculations. Very few countries have 100% literacy. Australia, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Norway are six examples to mention. Regarding children, most are early adopters (when they are given the chance to surf).


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