English Teacher Article Languages spoken at the UsingEnglish.com forum

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When people register with our site forum, they are asked what their first language is. Though not a complete list, many have submitted their first language and the range is interesting. We have no fewer than 66 first languages from Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

Asia comes first, with Europe slightly behind, then Africa and America:

Asia 28
Europe 27
Africa 10
America 1
Total 66

The figure for America doesn't reflect the number of people coming from America, as most from the United States speak English, while many from Central and South America speak Spanish or Portuguese, which are classified as European languages. The breakdown of languages by continent is as follows:

Asian Languages:

Arabic
Armenian
Azerbaijani
Bengali
Burmese
Chinese
Farsi
Filipino
Gujurati
Hebrew
Hindi
Indonesia
Japanese
Khmer
Korean
Malay
Malayalam
Marathi
Mongolian
Nepali
Newari
Punjabi
Tagalog
Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese

European languages:

Albanian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Estonian
French
German
Greek
Hungarian
Italian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Ukrainian
Welsh


African languages:

Afrikaans
Amharic
Ibo
Igbo
Sepedi
Somali
Tamazight
Tshivenda
Twi
Yoruba

American language:

Navajo

In terms of numbers of speakers on the forum, those with European first languages are ahead:

Europe 743
Asia 395
Africa 14
America 1
Total 1,153


This gives a mean average of just under 17 speakers for each, and a median of 4, though the numbers are dominated and distorted by a small group. Among the transnational languages and languages with different forms and dialects, few distinguished their variety. Of the English speakers, just four specified American English, of whom one said 'American', without mentioning English, which interestingly suggest that this person might see it as a separate language. In Spanish, two said Castilian and two Catalan. Among Chinese speakers, six specified Mandarin, four Cantonese and two Taiwanese. One Brazilian specified Brazilian Portuguese. Two people who claimed to speak 'Engrish' were categorised as Japanese speakers. The following list gives the numbers of speakers of each language:

English 413
Spanish 107
Chinese 105
Arabic 71
Polish 33
Russian 31
Turkish 29
Urdu 27
Vietnamese 25
German 23
Portuguese 23
Farsi 23
French 17
Hindi 16
Italian 14
Japanese 13
Korean 12
Hungarian 12
Tamil 11
Dutch 10
Indonesia 9
Telugu 9
Malay 7
Romanian 7
Czech 5
Greek 5
Slovak 5
Swedish 5
Serbian 5
Filipino 4
Hebrew 4
Malayalam 4
Punjabi 4
Thai 4
Albanian 4
Danish 4
Lithuanian 4
Yoruba 3
Gujurati 3
Khmer 3
Estonian 3
Slovenian 3
Ukrainian 3
Amharic 2
Somali 2
Bengali 2
Nepali 2
Tagalog 2
Bulgarian 2
Macedonian 2
Afrikaans 1
Ibo 1
Igbo 1
Sepedi 1
Tamazight 1
Tshivenda 1
Twi 1
Navajo 1
Armenian 1
Azerbaijani 1
Burmese 1
Marathi 1
Mongolian 1
Newari 1
Bosnian 1
Norwegian 1
Welsh 1


The figures are open to much interpretation. For instance, we have more Polish speakers than Russian, though russia has a greater population. Whether this is chance, reflects the internet use, the desire to learn English, or whether our site meets certain needs is far from clear. However, it does look as if a healthy selection of the world's languages are to be found visiting our site, which is very pleasing.

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6 Comments

Very interesting statistics!

I am very impressed! Wow, a lot of different nationalities meet in a very tiny forum! Who'd ever dare guess it!

Good job, Tdol!

And that's only from a third of the registered users!

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