May 25, 2008 - 08:00 AM US
Top Ten Languages in the Internet
Top language positions and rankings remain stable
in this year´s list of the top ten Internet languages.
The top ten languages now represent 84.8% of the Internet
total users universe.
Bogota, May 25, 2008 -- Market research website
Internet World Stats has classified the current
1,407,724,920 Internet users universe according
to the top languages spoken by users for 1Q 2008.
The study released today features the top ten
languages spoken by Internet users.
One interesting conclusion from the study is that
the top three languages in the list - English,
Chinese Mandarin and Spanish - now represent
55.6% of the Internet users total universe.
English continues at the top of the list and
confirms its position as the leading global language.
Second place is for Chinese Mandarin, the language
spoken by nearly twenty percent of the world´s
population. The third spot corresponds to Spanish,
the official language spoken in 22 nations. Spanish
is also the top foreign language studied in the
Japanese, French and German occupy the fourth, fifth,
and sixth positions. These are of course very important
languages and all have high Internet penetration by
Arabic is in the seventh place in the Internet.
It should be pointed out that the number of Internet
users in the Arab countries has been growing at a
fast pace lately. Correspondingly, Arabic is now
among the top ten Internet languages.
Portuguese, Korean, and Italian occupy the eight,
ninth and tenth places. Korean and Italian language
permanence in the Top Ten Internet Language List
will probably be challenged by other languages
in the future.
"The language spoken by an Internet user", states
Enrique De Argaez, the author of this study, "is
linked with cultural values, basic education, and
other demographic factors that affect the way a
potential consumer behaves and reacts to a web page
regarding its content, design and graphics."
For further details, charts and graphs, please visit the
website at www.internetworldstats.com/languages.htm
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