Top 10 Languages use in the Internet

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.

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Top Ten Languages Used in the Web
( Number of Internet Users by Language )

 

TOP TEN LANGUAGES
IN THE INTERNET

Internet Users
by Language
Internet
Penetration
by Language

Growth
in Internet
(2000 – 2011)

Internet Users
% of Total

World Population
for this Language
(2011 Estimate)

English 565,004,126 43.4 % 301.4 % 26.8 %

1,302,275,670

Chinese 509,965,013 37.2 % 1,478.7 % 24.2 %

1,372,226,042

Spanish 164,968,742 39.0 % 807.4 % 7.8 %

423,085,806

Japanese 99,182,000 78.4 % 110.7 % 4.7 %

126,475,664

Portuguese

82,586,600

32.5 %

990.1 %

3.9 %

253,947,594

German 75,422,674 79.5 % 174.1 % 3.6 %

94,842,656

Arabic 65,365,400 18.8 % 2,501.2 % 3.3 %

347,002,991

French 59,779,525 17.2 % 398.2 % 3.0 %

347,932,305

Russian 59,700,000 42.8 % 1,825.8 % 3.0 %

139,390,205

Korean

39,440,000

55.2 %

107.1 %

2.0 %

71,393,343

TOP 10 LANGUAGES 1,615,957,333 36.4 % 421.2 % 82.2 %

4,442,056,069

Rest of the Languages 350,557,483 14.6 % 588.5 % 17.8 %

2,403,553,891

WORLD TOTAL 2,099,926,965 30.3 % 481.7 % 100.0 %

6,930,055,154

NOTES: (1) Top Ten Languages Internet Stats were updated for May 31 2011. (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) 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

Examples for interpretation of the data:
 There are 99,182,000 Japanese speaking people using the Internet, this represents 4.7 % of all the Internet users in the world.
– Out of the estimated 126,475,664 population of the world that speaks Japanese, 78.4 % use the Internet.
– The number of Japanese Speaking Internet Users has grown 110.7 % in the last eleven years (2000-2011).
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).