Hi there, everyone:
Okay, instead of further making unnecessary arguments, I suggest that we consult some figures and facts from internet. One of the best resources would probably be "wikipedia".
To this extent, I first searched with an internet search machine, and after a few clicks inside wikipedia, I came up with the following webpages for the respective information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages ; in which contains --
B) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers .
So, for some of the respondents, as well as any members, who kept claiming or who always have in their mind that English is everything in this global world, I suggest that they should take some time to reconsider such concept again; because at the end of the day, the first ranked language is (unfortunately) ... the Mandarin Chinese!
However, I do agree to the fact that for business orientated, as well as technical, scientific, computer and academic research based areas, English language is deemed as the principal media of communication.