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How many languages in the world – and on the Internet?

According to Ethnolgue.com, there are currently 6,909 living languages in the world, 993 of which are in the Americas.  No wonder it can be so hard to communicate.

And then there is this.  According to Internet World Stats’ Top Ten World Users by Language, English is used by 499.2 million Internet users, followed by Chinese at 407.7 million users.  Spanish is a distant 3rd at 139.8.

Internet Hits 1.5 Billion Users

This from  http://www.internetworldstats.com:

Internet Hits 1.5 Billion Users

Internet had a fantastic expansion during 2008. All world regions show growth, however, at very different rates. This is quite normal due to cultural, social, and economic factors prevailing in each part of the world as well as the already existing number of users.

The following table, displayed for the first time, gives the yearly growth rates (2007 to 2008) for each region of the world, estimated according to the Internet World Stats database.

Internet Usage Growth 2007 – 2008
Year-to-date by World Regions

Region

2008

2007

Growth (%)

Africa

54,374,130

44,361,940

25.2 %

America, Caribbean

7,994,300

5,985,209

33.6 %

America, Central

28,639,500

25,997,600

10.2 %

America, North

249,367,592

238,015,529

4.8 %

America, South

108,925,884

77,978,800

39.7 %

Asia

601,354,674

510,478,743

17.8 %

Europe

390,499,251

348,125,847

12.2 %

Middle East

43,317,200

33,510,500

29.9 %

Oceania, Australia

20,204,306

19,175,836

5.4 %

Total World

1,504,027,504

1,319,872,109

14.1 %

Source: Internet World Stats Database, accessed on December 3, 2008. Comparison figures are 2007 year-end data and 2008 Third Quarter data. Please Note: Mexico is included in Central America, and Turkey is included in Europe. Copyright © 2008, Miniwatts Marketing Group.