Languages used on the Internet
The pie diagram, published in the textbook Context starter by Cornel son in 2016, depicts
which languages are spoken the most on the Internet. Especially English and Chinese seem to
be very popular Internet-languages.
With 27% ranges English the highest, followed by Chinese with 25%. Spain comes with
8% up to the third place and Japanese with only 5% makes the fourth place. With 4% to 3%
we have Portuguese, German, Arabic, French and Russian in the end of the ranking. Korean is
with 2% the last language, mentioned by name. All other languages are summarized to 17% of "others".
Remarkably is that English and Chinese alone, make up more than half of the diagram.
English is, by virtue of which it is the elected world language, not that much of a surprise.
Chinese however is usually not considered to be a popular language. Nevertheless it sounds logical
if we look at how many people live in China. Due to their strong and fast growing
economies, that is based on trading, it is also obvious that they use the internet a lot
and of course in their own language.
I was surprised by the high percentage of Chinese, used on the internet, although I think that I
should have guessed it earlier. China is, how that diagram shows, an immense advanced country.
Schools and universities all over the world should consider to teach Chinese as a second or
additional language to English. Pie charts like that above help the governments to decide what is important
to teach and which economics should be watched.