What percentage of the worlds population are native English speakers?
on 20080706, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language#Geographical_distribution
, there are 375 Million native speakers. current world population is about 6.7 billion
. that's 5.5%.
depending on how you count second language proficiency, possibly 1.8 billion people speak English, or 27%.
English has the most speakers with approximately 2 billion speakers worldwide or 30% of the world's population. Most people mistake Mandarin for having the most speakers with 935,000,000 speakers, but Mandarin is the language with the most native speakers. English has the most speakers total. Only about 600,000,000 native speakers for English.
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. Assuming 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…
German is the native language of the overwhelming majority of the population. In Lusatia and the east of Saxony there are about 50,000 native speakers of Sorbian (a Slavonic language). There are about 10,000 native speakers of Frisian in the extreme north-west. Germany has a large Turkish speaking minority in many of the big cities, for example, Berlin and Duisburg. However, most speakers of minoirty languages also speak German.
The current percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales is around 22%. But for many people in Wales, English is their native tongue. The English language has had a significant minority presence here from the earliest times. Both Cosmeston in the Vale of Glamorgan and parts of Swansea are examples of Welsh settlements where English was already the natural language of communication by the Middle Ages.
Studies suggest that background noise is more likely to interfere with the understanding of non-native speakers than native speakers. This is likely because native speakers are more familiar with the natural rhythms of English speech and are able to unconsciously fill in gaps in hearing, while English-learners would have to rely almost entirely on hearing every word in order to assemble meaning.
About 95% of the US speaks English (about 85% Americans have English as their native language, the other 10% learned English as a second language) Since the US has a population of about 312,000,000 then that would mean 296,400,000 Americans speak English. Numbers for English speakers in China vary anywhere from about 200,000,000-350,000,000 (depending on what qualifies as being able to speak English)
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 around 874,000,000 people as a native language. English is a distant third with approximately 341,000,000 native speakers.
Non-native English speakers get their accent in large part from their native language. For instance, French-speakers have difficulty with the "th" sound in English and instead pronounce a zed. The "h" is usually silent in French also, and French-speakers can't aspirate it, so the English "this is the help I need" would be pronounced "Zis is the 'elp I need". In addition, non-native speakers pick up the accent of the English they have learned, so…
Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, is spoken by its over 190 million inhabitants, according to 2005 figures. Native speakers of Portuguese in Paraguay number around 444,352 [7 percent of 6,347,884 population]. Native speakers of Portuguese in Uruguay number around 32,410 [1 percent of 3,241,003 population]. Native speakers of Portuguese in Venezuela range from 253,753 to 507,506 [1 to 2 percent of 25,375,281 population].