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Old 15th March 2006, 09:07 PM
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I found this chart of internet users by language quite useful and thought I'd share it with you.

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm

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I found this chart of internet users by language quite useful and thought I'd share it with you.

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm

Hope it helps.
Yes, unfortunately there are different ways to count these figures. Total English speakers is very misleading, as it the number of first language speakers that we are really interested in. This means that English is a lot lower than that!
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Re: Top Ten Languages

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Yes, unfortunately there are different ways to count these figures. Total English speakers is very misleading, as it the number of first language speakers that we are really interested in. This means that English is a lot lower than that!
How would you know this? There are many families that are bilingual that have their native language as their second language and might speak english as a business language and on the Internet etc . Those figures are sketchy.
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Re: Top Ten Languages

This is a map of people in the world with English as their first language.

According to them.
Grand Total. 308 million

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph-T/lan_eng_spe

I would say that someone has to be wrong. If the first graph is stating 311 million interent users in English. I would guess that they are way off on native speaking numbers.
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Re: Top Ten Languages

World Languages:

Chinese, Mandarin 13.69%, Spanish 5.05%, English 4.84%, Hindi 2.82%, Portuguese 2.77%, Bengali 2.68%, Russian 2.27%, Japanese 1.99%, German, Standard 1.49%, Chinese, Wu 1.21% (2004 est.)
note: percents are for "first language" speakers only

this is for World Population:

6,446,131,400 (July 2005 est.)

taken from cia.gov
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Re: Top Ten Languages

Spoken language?
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World Languages:

Chinese, Mandarin 13.69%, Spanish 5.05%, English 4.84%, Hindi 2.82%, Portuguese 2.77%, Bengali 2.68%, Russian 2.27%, Japanese 1.99%, German, Standard 1.49%, Chinese, Wu 1.21% (2004 est.)
note: percents are for "first language" speakers only

this is for World Population:

6,446,131,400 (July 2005 est.)

taken from cia.gov
Yes, you would think that the CIA would know, but frankly their site is one of the worst references I have come across!
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