English Teacher Article First Languages Spoken at UsingEnglish.com

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Last year I looked at the first languages spoken by people joining the forum or becoming members. At that time, just a few months after we has started recording the information, we had 66 languages. Now we have far more. The data is very messy because people type the languages in and it is taking a long time to clean it and sort out spellings and variations, as well as dealing with some oddities like the three people who stated that they had no first language and the person who claimed that HTML was their first language. I am also not sure whether Esperanto is a genuine first language, as claimed by one person. However, the list of languages at the top of the list has some languages that were there last year, while others are coming in- the very top is unchanged, but as we move down the list things are changing. I shall put the full results out soon, though it may take a few days as I am about to move to another country. Here are the top 25 languages so far:

English

11866

Spanish

3369

Chinese

1710

Arabic

1419

Turkish

1250

Portuguese

1162

Vietnamese

1075

Polish

893

French

851

Russian

784

German

573

Hindi

513

Urdu

511

Thai

433

Italian

412

Tamil

355

Romanian

286

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Interesting- I'd never come across it as a first language.

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