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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

30.1 %

379,529,347

18.8 %

167.3 %

2,022,629,545

Chinese

14.7 %

184,901,513

13.6 %

472.4 %

1,356,701,170

Spanish

9.0 %

113,463,158

25.4 %

359.7 %

446,648,991

Japanese

6.9 %

87,540,000

68.7 %

85.9 %

127,433,494

French

5.1 %

63,761,141

15.6 %

422.7 %

407,819,872

German

4.9 %

61,912,361

64.2 %

123.5 %

96,403,511

Portuguese

4.0 %

50,828,760

21.4 %

570.9 %

237,003,607

Arabic

3.7 %

46,359,140

13.2 %

1,575.9 %

350,965,119

Korean

2.7 %

34,430,000

47.6 %

80.8 %

72,346,515

Italian

2.6 %

33,143,152

57.0 %

151.1 %

58,178,115

TOP 10 LANGUAGES

83.7 %

1,055,868,572

20.4 %

221.4 %

5,176,129,939

Rest of the Languages

16.3 %

206,164,125

14.4 %

534.8 %

1,430,840,227

WORLD TOTAL

100.0 %

1,262,032,697

19.1 %

249.6 %

6,606,970,166

(*) NOTES: (1) Internet Top Ten Languages Usage Stats were updated for November 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 U.S. Census Bureau . (5) For definitions and navigation help in several languages, see the Site Surfing Guide. (6) Stats may be cited, stating the source and establishing an active link back to Internet World Stats. Copyright © 2008, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide.


Examples for data interpretation:
- There are 113,463,158 Spanish speaking people using the Internet, this represents 9.0 % of all the Internet users in the world.
- Out of the estimated 446,648,991 world population that speaks Spanish, only 25.4 % use the Internet.
- The number of Spanish Speaking Internet Users has grown 359.7 % 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 (pdf document) for the British Council. 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 countries to mention. Regarding children, most are early Internet adopters (when they are given the chance to surf).


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