What percentage of the South African population speaks English?
English is understood by the majority of the South African population.
Wikipedia shows 9.7% of South Africans speak English as their home language.
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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. According to Wikipedia, 89% of the population of Sweden speaks English. I assume the percentage for Norway is about the same.
It's hard to say, but since Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union, citizens had to use Russian. Therefore, almost every citizen of Lithuania who is in his thirties or older speaks Russian. The new generation however, mainly speaks in English (as well as Lithuanian of course). My estimate is 60%-80%
In Ireland, 98% of the population speaks English. Both English and Irish are official languages, but although Irish is the first official language, only 1% of the population can speak Irish fluently. Almost everyone speaks English as a primary language, those that don't can still understand English.
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…
Portuguese consistently ranks as number six on the list of the ten most spoken languages in the world. The total of the world's population hovers around 6.77 billion, as of April 2009. But the estimates of total numbers of Portuguese speakers ranges from 176 million to 230 million. Based on the first, lower figure, the percentage of the world's population that speaks Portuguese is 2.09%. Based on the second, higher figure, the percentage is 3.35%.
Scout learns that Calpurnia speaks in a vernacular language with her fellow African Americans. Different from the way she speaks with the Finches, which is perfect English. She knows how to speak with correct grammar, but she is one of the only African Americans who can, so she chooses not to, not wanting to be an outcast.
More than 70% of the population. Less than 20%. "The main obstacle to Chile becoming the Nearshore destination of choice is the low number of English speakers. Only 8% of the technical graduate population speaks English, which is much less than in countries like Mexico, Costa Rica or Argentina. But since 2004 CORFO has been using fully funded English programs in major cities to make thousands of IT engineers bilingual, and the population of English…