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Chinese to overtake English as the dominant language of the internet

Languages on the internet infographic via & © TNW
Languages on the internet infographic via & © TNW
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Chinese will overtake English as the dominate language on the internet in the next five years, according to data collated by TNW.

TNW says that there are over 400m Chinese language internet users, a number approaching the 530m English language internet users. Along with this already large number Chinese has also seen a 1,277% increase in online use in the past decade.

Languages on the internet infographic via & © TNW
Languages on the internet infographic via & © TNW

Other language have seen rapid growth in the same period, use of Arabic increased by 2,500% (totalling 65m internet users) and Russian also saw a growth of 1,825% (totalling 58m users).

English saw one of the smallest growth rates of only 281%.

Top Ten Languages Used in the Web via & © Internet World Stats
Top Ten Languages Used in the Web via & © Internet World Stats

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  1. English is still the most powerful language on the internet. It covers more than 460 million Internet users all around the world with an average GDP per capita of $38,632. But Mother tongue Chinese Internet users are in fact growing in number and they make up a significant slice of the e-market.. T-Index is a statistical tool that identifies the languages with the web’s highest purchasing power, and Chinese comes second. Have a look at the full study at:
    <a href=”http://www.translated.net/en/languages-that-matter?=wp”>T-Index, the languages that matter on the web</a>

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