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INTERNET WORLD USERS BY LANGUAGE


Top 10 Internet Languages


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

Language Growth
in Internet
( 2000 - 2007 )

2007 Estimated
World Population
for the Language

English

31.2 %

365,893,996

17.9 %

157.7 %

2,042,963,129

Chinese

15.7 %

184,001,513

13.6 %

469.6 %

1,351,737,925

Spanish

8.7 %

101,539,204

22.9 %

311.4 %

442,525,601

Japanese

7.4 %

86,300,000

67.1 %

83.3 %

128,646,345

French

5.0 %

59,207,849

15.3 %

385.4 %

387,820,873

German

5.0 %

58,981,592

61.1 %

112.9 %

96,488,326

Portuguese

4.0 %

47,326,760

20.2 %

524.7 %

234,099,347

Korean

2.9 %

34,120,000

45.6 %

79.2 %

74,811,368

Italian

2.7 %

31,481,928

52.9 %

138.5 %

59,546,696

Arabic

2.5 %

28,782,300

8.5 %

940.5 %

340,548,157

TOP TEN LANGUAGES

85.0 %

997,635,142

19.3 %

203.7 %

5,159,187,766

Rest of World Languages

15.0 %

175,474,783

12.4 %

440.3 %

1,415,478,651

WORLD TOTAL

100.0 %

1,173,109,925

17.8 %

225.0 %

6,574,666,417

(*) NOTES: (1) Internet Top Ten Languages Usage Stats were updated for June 30, 2007. (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 © 2007, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved.


Examples for data interpretation:
- There are 101,539,204 Spanish speaking people using the Internet, this represents 8.7 % of all the Internet users in the world.
- Out of the estimated 442,525,601 world population that speaks Spanish, only 22.9 % use the Internet.
- The number of Spanish Speaking Internet Users has grown 311.4 % in the last seven years (2000-2007).


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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