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INTERNET WORLD USERS BY LANGUAGE

Top 10 Languages

Internet World Stats presents its latest estimates for Internet Users by Language
Because of the importance of this research, and due to the lack of other sources, Internet
World Stats publishes several tables and charts featuring analysis and details here below
for the top ten languages and also for the detailed world languages in use by country.


Top Ten Languages Used in the Web - December 31, 2017
( Number of Internet Users by Language )

TOP TEN LANGUAGES
IN THE INTERNET

World Population
for this Language
(2018 Estimate)

Internet Users
by Language

Internet
Penetration
(% Population)

Internet
Users Growth
(2000 - 2018)

Internet Users
% of World
(Participation)

English

1,462,008,909

1,052,764,386

72.0 %

647.9 %

25.3 %

Chinese

1,452,593,223

804,634,814

55.4 %

2,390.9 %

19.4 %

Spanish

515,759,912

337,892,295

65.5 %

1,758.5 %

8.1 %

Arabic

435,636,462

219,041,264

50.3 %

8,616.0 %

5.3 %

Portuguese

286,455,543

169,157,589

59.1 %

2,132.8 %

4.1 %

Indonesian / Malaysian

299,271,514

168,755,091

56.4 %

2,845.1 %

4.1 %

French

127,185,332

118,626,672

93.3 %

152.0 %

2.9 %

Japanese

143,964,709

109,552,842

76.1 %

3,434.0 %

2.7 %

Russian

405,644,599

108,014,564

26.6 %

800.2 %

2.8 %

German

94,943,848

84,700,419

89.2 %

207.8 %

2.2 %

TOP 10 LANGUAGES

5,135,270,101

3,206,613,856

62.4 %

1,091 %

77.1 %

Rest of the Languages

2,499,488,327

950,318,284

38.0 %

935 %

22.9 %

WORLD TOTAL

7,634,758,428

4,156,932,140

54.4 %

1,051 %

100.0 %

NOTES: (1) Top Ten Languages Internet Stats were updated in December 31, 2017. (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 Online, International Telecommunications Union, GfK, and other reliable sources. (4) Population estimates are based mainly on figures from the United Nations Population Division and local official sources. (5) For definitions, methodology and navigation help, please see the Site Surfing Guide. (6) These statistics may be cited, stating the source and establishing an active link back to Internet World Stats. Copyright © 2018, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide.


Examples for the interpretation of the data:
(1) - The 337,892,295 Spanish speaking people using the Internet, correspond to 8.1 % of all the users.
(2) - Out of the estimated 94,943,848 persons in the world that speak German, 89.2 % use the Internet.
(3) - The number of Japanese Speaking Internet Users has grown 152.0 % in the last eighteen years.


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, Prof. 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 and where children are given the chance to use a computer to surf the Web).

Another very interesting fact is that the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) are all included in the above Top Ten Internet languages table.

Top 10 Internet Languages



Other Web Sites with Statistics and Information on Language Sites in the Internet

The Unicode Consortium
The Unicode Consortium enables people around the world to use computers in any language.

List of Official Languages
Wikiverse list of the official languages of sovereign countries.

La Francophonie
Find the French speaking states in the world.

Ethnologue
An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all
of the world’s 6,909 known living languages.

Modern Language Association (USA)
The MLA Language Map and its Data Center provide information about foreign languages studied in the United States and related subjects.

Wikipedia - French Language Information
Selected French Language country directory and geographic distribution information.

Wiktionary
The wikipedia dictionary, urban culture reference, slang words and phrases listed in alphabetical order.

Urban Dictionary - American English
Searchable American slang dictionary, urban culture reference, slang words and phrases listed in alphabetical order.

Internet Linguistic Diversity (pdf)
A UNESCO study, featuring Twelve Years of Measuring Linguistic Diversity in the Internet.
A free 65 page pdf document.

The Digital Language Divide
How does the language you speak shape your experience of the Internet. An article from The Guardian sponsored by the British Academy.

World Linguistic Diversity (video)
Yann Martel speaks about languages, similarities and differences.

Language Translation Tools

For those of you wishing to understand the meaning of web sites of the Internet written in other languages, the following free language translators will do the job:
Free Online Translation Tools


More Language Translation Tools

General Foreign Languages
Language-Learning Resources and useful links for many languages are available here at the WWW Virtual Library.

One Look Dictionary
A search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you'd like a definition or translation, OneLook will quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word. No word is too obscure: More than 6 million words in more than 979 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook® search engine.

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