What percentage of the world speaks English?
Approximately 20% speak English, if you include people who speak English as a second language.
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English is the most widely spoken language in the world, but notwith the most native speakers; Mandarin is. English has over 2billion speakers, and only about 400 million native speakers. Answer: It is very difficult to establish the number of people in the worldwho can speak English. If English l…anguage accounts only for thenative speakers it would be restricted to native speakers inEngland.The politicization of the English language by the Imperialpower during the colonial era has led to a language mix in pidgin,Hindish, Americanization, and so on. A distinction must be made between native speakers and speakers of the language. Answer: Well, I'm amazed at how people consider 'English' as AmericanEnglish. I'll have you know that English is derived from a Germaniclanguage, and has slowly adapted into the modern English we knowtoday. For the last time it is ENGLISH as in ENGLAND. Seriously,America has nothing to do with it, they just couldn't be botheredto conjure up their own language so removed the U's (addedapostrophe for distinction) in several words to claim it as theirown. Yes, even more people in China and India have more Englishspeakers than in the US, so where does America stand in this? Answer: Language continually changes, no matter what country it islocated in. People who believe that Americans changed English andBrits kept it "the same" are in error. It evolved in England sincethe 17th Century just as it evolved in America, or the Britishwould speak the English of Shakespeare. Furthermore, this answercites spelling as a change, which is not technically a significant part of language.] Answer: 328-350 million native speakers, in the UK, US, Canada, Australiaetc. (those numbers are not right. America is 310 million, the UKis 70 million, Canada is 37 million, and there alone is 417million) Up to 500 million total speakers and has by far the most countrieswith English as an official language. These are the countries that have English as an official language: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia (Australian English),Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, British Indian Ocean Territory,British Virgin Islands, Canada (Canadian English), Cayman Islands,Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey (GuernseyEnglish), Guyana, Ireland (Hiberno-English), Isle of Man (ManxEnglish), Jamaica (Jamaican English), Jersey, Montserrat, Nauru,New Zealand (New Zealand English), Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena,Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and theGrenadines, Singapore, South Georgia and the South SandwichIslands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UnitedKingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States. [English is not anofficial language of the United States] Answer: English is the second most commonly spoken language, and the mostcommonly spoken second language. (MORE)
English is understood by the majority of the South Africanpopulation. Wikipedia shows 9.7% of South Africans speak English as their home language . See related link below
According to Wikipedia, it's only 0.77% - which translates into approximately 10 million people out of the total population of 1.3 billion.
From the website "infoplease.com" it states that the percentage of English native speakers in America is 82%.
100% Scroll down to related links and look at "List of languages by number of native speakers - Wikipedia". http://wiki.answers.com/What_percent_of_the_world_speaks_English#ixzz1Mowf7FaX .
It is estimated that almost 30% of humans can speak English (over two billion). English is the most spoken language on the planet, counting first, second, third, etc. language speakers. It is the official language of over 50 countries and it is a language of business and marketing world wide.
The percentage of Brazilians who speak English varies , by region. And within each region, the percentage varies by whether the population is located in bigger cities, smaller towns, or out in the countryside. For example, people are more likely to know English, and to know the language better, in …cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. For those two cities in particular have more of an international interaction with English speaking populations, and indeed with just about any other language in the world.. English is a required subject in high schools. But many people in Brasil don't have the opportunity to put the language into practice in their daily lives. And so one suggestion is a percentage of at most 1% of the total population. (MORE)
While numbers continually vary, it is certainly true to say thatmany people around the world speak English; it is moreover, truethat English is to a great extent the world's language at thepresent time. The reason this is so is twofold: First, for manyyears, American business has been at the forefro…nt of the globaleconomy. Second, the dominance of America as the world'ssuper-power (a status it has held since the end of World War II)has led to English being utilized around the world for manydifferent purposes. (MORE)
The vast++ majority of native-born Swedes under age 45/50 speak English. I cannot comment on immigrant Swedes. All of this to say that one will have little problem being understood in English when visiting Sweden.
The estimated number of people in the world that speak Englishfluently is about 30 percent of the population. If the world'spopulation is about 7,264,712,400 people. This would mean thatroughly 2,179,413,720 people in the world currently speak Englishfluently.
As of 2011, approximately 1.4 billion people people speak English as either a first language or a second language.
Portuguese, Spanish, and English are languages number eight, four, and three respectively in number of native speakers. Portugese has 175 native speakers. Spanish has 350-400 million native speakers. English has 500 million native speakers.. So, total, they have 1.025 billion native speakers. Assum…ing a world population of 6.7 billion (20 million higher than an August 14th estimate.) So, together about 15.3% of the population have one of those three as a native language.. And I think that it's worth mentioning that the Chinese dialects have more speakers than those three combined. So, if you master their script, and speak those three languages, you could communicate with 30%+ of the world (+ because have these as second languages with various levels of fluency, which is why they are not counted in those figures.) (MORE)
About 500,000,000 people speak English as a first language, so that would be around 7% of all humans speak English as a first language. As any other language but first, it is estimated that 2,100,000,000 humans speak English, or about 30%.
In Brazil, they speak Portuguese, I really dont know, but it probably is a low number.. Jake says: .125 %
This is a hard question to answer because of the following reasons: . People speak English as a second language are also registered in the percentage of people who speak English . No organisations collecting the census of the populations of English speakers globally However, some countries …have run surveys in their individual countries to ask their citizens of the language they speak. Therefore, we can only know the percentage of English speakers of the individual country rather than the global percentage. Note: Some people speak English as native language and for some, it is a second language. The results are: . 80%-100% (Majority) of people from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Singapore, Jamaica, Guyana, Liberia and Sierra Leon speak English either as their native language or their second language. . 60%-80% of people from Finland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Cyprus can speak English. . 40%-60% of people from Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece, Macedonia, Estonia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Puerto Rico can speak English. . 20%-40% of people from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, South Africa and Malaysia can speak English. . Less than 20% of people from the rest of the countries individually can speak English. (MORE)
A lot of the third world population cannot speak English and also probably has never heard English spoken by any human. Tribes in the jungles around the world do not speak in English unless a missionary takes the time to teach it to them while learning the tribal language. Most of Russia does not sp…eak in English, neither do the Chinese because they live in the rural areas or have no way to learn the language or have a reason to learn it. It would amaze many people to learn that many Africans can speak some words or sentences in English. (MORE)
About 136 million people worldwide speak it as a mother tongue (about 2%). Around 190 million people speak French as a second language (that's a bit less than 3%, 2.8) and an additional 200 million speak it as an acquired foreign language (3%) .French speaking communities exist in 57 countries and t…erritories. Hope this helps :) Sources: Wikipedia Google Public Data (MORE)
The world now has 194 real nations (independent countries) as per UNO data, including 2 that are not formal part of UNO, but "watchers" (observers...).. In 24 of them French is an official language, but NOT USED by all folks. In other 53 French is used, but together with other languages and dialec…ts.. If we sum these as a whole, weÂ´ll have 77, which would make a percentage of nearly 40%, but would be COMPLETELY FALSE. Thus no real percentage is possible to be calculated, mostly due to mix of languages in several former or still present colonies or so-called "departÃ©ments" of France!. As native speakers, having French as their mother tongue, there are ALMOST all French (probably 60 from some 60,3 million people), some 7 million Canadians and close islanders, maybe 4 million Belgians and 100 mil people in Luxembourg; even in neighbouring multilingual Switzerland they canÂ´t be counted correctly!. In the following countries French is ONE of official languages but used by just SOME people: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comores Islands, Congo, CÃ´te dÂ´Ivoire ("Ivory Coast"), Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Haiti (in this latter, the "aysisien" creole is the really used language, even written and official like French), Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Vanuatu (the 5 main continents here represented then!).. In these that once were dominated by France, but where French is not official, just a few people speak it: Algeria, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Tunisia (all from Northern Africa).. Even in Guadeloupe and Martinique departments, in the Caribbean, French is "not real French", as people have mixed it with several forms of ancient folk speaking.. So some 72 or 73 million people (from the main 5 first mentioned countries, all next, in Europe, except for Quebec and 2 or 3 islands in Canada, yet included) plus [how many?] 2 million? 3? 5? in the rest, letÂ´s totalize some 80,000,000 French speakers on the whole, yet considering a few "non-ethnic" and/or "non-cultured" ones who learn and speak or write it somewhere in the world, being foreigners in fact.. This makes not more than 12% of the human population (around 7 billion or more); it is not so little though!!! (MORE)
Colombia, or as it is officially called 'Republic of Colombia' is aLatin American country situated in the northwest corner of SouthAmerica. It has an estimated population of about 47,425,437individuals of which about 4.22% speak English either as a secondor eve as a main language in some regions.
Mostly Russian population speak their native language. However;according to survey 2012, 5.48% of the population speak English.English is also taught in schools as a foreign language.
Since there are about 100 million people speaking German as first language, it is about 1.5 % of the world's population. Including the people speaking German as second language make it double.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2006, 81% of Puerto Ricans over 5 years old that live in the island speak English "less than very well." Basically that means that most people don't speak it very well. However, many young people (under 30) speak it, even if not perfect. Reference: http://f…actfinder.census.gov/servlet/GRTTable?_bm=y&-_box_head_nbr=R1603&-ds_name=ACS_2006_EST_G00_&-format=US-30 (MORE)
20 -25% speak English as a native or second language. There are 300 million Chinese studying English and many more from India, Korea and the Arab world. ------- There are about 200 languages that have a million or more "native" speakers. Mandarin Chinese is the most common, being spoken by aroun…d 874,000,000 people as a native language. English is a distant third with approximately 341,000,000 native speakers. (MORE)
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99% of germans speak english Answer 2 Most Germans have learnt some English in school. I would guess about half of German adults would understand if you spoke simple English, probably about 1/4 of adults could answer back.
Roughly 500,000,000 people speak English as a native language. Since there are about 7,000,000,000 humans on Earth, about 7% of people's native language is English.
lets say that there are about 7 billion people in the world today, about 1 in 4 speak english, 3 out of 4 do not, so 75%. The figures quoted are for people who speak English as a first or second language gained through some sort of educational system. Unofficially there may be many more
I couldn't find any official statistics. But English has been taught as a mandatory foreign language in Norwegian primary school since the 1960s, so close to 100% of the population below age 60 or so will know at least some English. Before the 1960s, English was taught in secondary school. Accordin…g to Wikipedia, 89% of the population of Sweden speaks English. I assume the percentage for Norway is about the same. (MORE)
Less than 1.6% of the Mexican population speaks English on a fluentlevel. This is understandable, considering that only 2.8% of non-Hispanichomes speak Spanish in the United States.
Telugu has about 75 million native speakers, which less than 1% of the world's population.
200 million (2005) (native and first language speakers) and by an estimated 500 million francophones worldwide, (2000)
I don't know an actual percentage, but as my family are Maltese I travel there a lot. A lot of the locals speak English as it is a touristy place. With me there has never been any problems with speaking to people as children learn it from a very early age. The older generation however aren't every… good with English, I feel. (MORE)
It is the official language of 53 countries. As a first language it is spoken by 309 to 400 million people and as a second language between 199 million and 1.4 billion. English is the third most spoken language in the world
There are about 20 Spanish speaking countries, which is about 9% of the world's countries.
Hard to say exactly. but first and second language speakers are between 265 and 275 million, about 3%
The percentage changes as people become accustomed to travelling and needing to learn the language but right now, under 50% of the world's population speaks English.
They don't really speak English in Chile but they may speak Spanish. My overall percentage for speaking English in Chile is about 10%.
About 14,666 Finnish speak fluent English (2013 survey results). There are also an unknown amount of Finnish citizens who speak someor broken English, but those figures are not available. English is the most popular language on the planet.
Over 90%. Language is controversial in Canada politically, historically and culturally. Many people will claim to speak English to gain entrance, or to gain employment but would not be considered in anyway to be English speaking by most English Canadians. In the past this number was low enough to be… ignored but today it is not uncommon to find workplaces that once operated in English now using a working language other English. We also have people who will claim to not speak English for various reasons but are actually fluent. Traditionally this has been for political and cultural reasons and they do offset some of those who claim to speak English but do not. Reporting on English use is almost always affected by our language politics making it impossible for accurate numbers that all Canadians would accept but most would agree over 90% of Canadians speak English. I say most but would direct you to our Census Data. A critical read of that will show just how careful the Canadian government is to ensure such information is properly "interpreted" for you. So no doubt there are many who would suggest less than 90% of Canadians speak or understand English. The Canadian government census reports would at first glance appear to say that less than 80% of Canadians speak English fluently. A little deeper read will quickly discover that much of their interpretation of the data is not well supported and that data could be interpreted differently. It also shows that language politics are alive and well in Canada. Particularly when it comes to "official" government supported language. (MORE)
American Revolution and the English Revolution/Civil War... that IS what you were talking about, right?
With over 250 million people who speak Enlgish, the United States is the largest English-speaking country in the world.
English is the national language of England so the only people who may not be able to speak it would be very recent immigrants.
People who live and work temporarily on the Antarctic continent -- at research stations funded by their governments, speak the language of their country. In the interchange of scientific data, English and French are the preferred languages.
In India, E nglish speakers are about 10.66 % of the population, and the most spoken one (native) is Hindi . Hope This Helps :) e
Less than 2%, I have been living in Chile for the past 5 years and the amount of people that I have encountered can speak English here I can count on my 2 hands. For tourists that wish to visit Chile I would highly recommend taking organized tours because if you do not speak Spanish you will not be …able to do anything here. (MORE)
Even though english classes are a requirement in public education the actual number of japanese people that are "fluent" in english is very low.
I am an American. I visited Argentina and would say less than 1% of Argentinians are able to speak English..
English is the third most popular language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish. English is spoken by 5.43 percent of the worlds population, so therefore 94.57 percent of the worlds population speak no English.
Approximately 46% of Dutch people can speak English fluently. Another 20% of Dutch people can speak English well enough to hold basic conversations with fluent English speakers.
8% of the population speaks English as a second language. However, this percentage does not include people that live in Britain but do not speak any English at all.