INDICATORS OF LANGUAGES IN THE INTERNET, V3, March 2022

 

COMPARISON OF RESULTS WITH OTHER PROVIDERS

 

COMPARISON OF RESULTS FROM W3TECHS RESULTS

 

W3Techs

OBS.LC

 

%

 

 

 

CONTENTS

CONTENTS

DIFFERENCE

DIFFERENCE

 

 

 

 

 

W3T /

 

 

 

 

W3T-OBS.LC

OBS.LC

 

English

62.90%

19.60%

43.30%

3.21

 

Russian

6.10%

3.76%

2.34%

1.62

 

Turkish

3.70%

1.14%

2.56%

3.23

 

Spanish

3.60%

7.85%

-4.25%

0.46

 

Persian

3.20%

0.88%

2.32%

3.62

 

French

2.70%

3.33%

-0.63%

0.81

 

German

2.60%

2.37%

0.23%

1.10

 

Japanese

2.10%

2.66%

-0.56%

0.79

 

Vietnamese

1.70%

0.85%

0.85%

2.00

 

Chinese

1.40%

21.60%

-20.20%

0.06

 

Arabic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.20%

3.09%

-1.89%

0.39

 

Italian

1.10%

1.00%

0.10%

1.10

 

Dutch

1.00%

0.41%

0.59%

2.46

 

Polish

0.80%

0.63%

0.17%

1.28

 

Indonesian

0.70%

1.96%

-1.26%

0.36

 

Portuguese

0.70%

3.13%

-2.43%

0.22

 

Ukrainian

0.50%

0.35%

0.15%

1.43

 

Thai

0.50%

0.65%

-0.15%

0.76

 

Korean

0.50%

0.98%

-0.48%

0.51

 

Hebrew

0.50%

0.14%

0.36%

3.67

 

Swedish

0.30%

0.23%

0.07%

1.31

 

Romanian

0.20%

0.30%

-0.10%

0.67

 

Danish

0.20%

0.10%

0.10%

2.07

 

Greek

0.20%

0.19%

0.01%

1.04

 

Czech

0.20%

0.18%

0.02%

1.09

 

Serbo-Croatian

0.30%

0.23%

0.07%

1.30

 

Finnish

0.20%

0.09%

0.11%

2.13

 

Hungarian

0.10%

0.15%

-0.05%

0.65

 

Norwegian

0.10%

0.10%

0.00%

1.04

 

Bulgarian

0.10%

0.09%

0.01%

1.14

 

Slovak

0.10%

0.10%

0.00%

1.04

 

Hindi

0.10%

3.76%

-3.66%

0.03

 

Norwegian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.10%

0.10%

0.00%

1.04

 

Lithuanian

0.10%

0.04%

0.06%

2.66

 

 

 

SCALE OF DIFFERENCES

>10 or < 0.1

Huge

> 2 or < 0.5

Very large

>1.4 or < 0.7

Large

 

 

 

 

The W3Techs errors are caused by an algorithm detecting a unique language in the home page of websites therefore ignoring that:

 

1)           The websites could offer versions in many different languages beyond English (websites aiming at world audience more and more offer many linguistic versions).

 

2)           The website maybe in another language(s) than English however includes some English words only in its home page (copyright, abstract, navigation buttons…).

 

The implications of ignoring multilingualism can lead to errors of huge proportion.

 

The Internet has evolved into the most multilingual space of the world, probably still more multilingual than the world’s speakers itself (it is so if more than 45% of websites use more than one language version).

 

All studies reports that Internauts tend to use primarily their mother tongue, and could additionally use one of their second language

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPARISON OF RESULTS  FROM INTERNETWORLDSTATS RESULTS

 

TOP TEN LANGUAGES

 

IWS

World

 

IWS

Internet

 

IWS

Internet

 

IWS

Internet Users

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Population

 

Users

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIFFERENCE

% DIFFERENCE

 

DIFFERENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE INTERNET

 

for this

 

by Language

 

Penetration

 

% of World

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBS.LC

Language

OBS.LC

OBS.LC

OBS.LC

OBS.LC

WORLD.POP.

WORLD.POP.

 

CONNECTED

 

 

 

RANK

(2021 Estimate)

Word.Pop.

 

Connected

(% Population)

Penetration

(Participation)

Share

IWS-OBS.LC

IWS-OBS.LC

 

IWS-OBS.LC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English

2

1 531 179 460

1 348 145 040

1 186 451 052

874 405 029

77,50%

64,86%

25,90%

14,83%

183 034 420

12,0%

 

312 046 023

 

Chinese

1

1 477 137 209

1 525 335 340

888 453 068

1 088 735 519

60,10%

71,38%

19,40%

18,46%

-48 198 131

-3,3%

-

200 282 451

 

Spanish

3

516 655 099

542 894 260

363 684 593

400 234 474

70,40%

73,72%

7,90%

6,79%

-26 239 161

-5,1%

-

36 549 881

 

Arabic Macro

8

447 572 891

366 212 980

237 418 349

234 333 349

53,00%

63,99%

5,20%

3,97%

81 359 911

18,2%

 

3 085 000

 

Portuguese

11

290 939 425

257 646 480

171 750 818

176 297 289

59,00%

68,43%

3,70%

2,99%

33 292 945

11,4%

-

4 546 471

 

Indonesian/Malaysian

7

306 327 093

244 761 296

198 029 815

139 334 932

64,60%

56,93%

4,30%

2,36%

61 565 797

20,1%

 

58 694 883

 

French

6

431 503 032

266 959 240

151 733 611

175 649 824

35,20%

65,80%

3,30%

2,98%

164 543 792

38,1%

-

23 916 213

 

Japanese

9

126 476 461

126 378 610

118 626 672

117 064 241

93,80%

92,63%

2,60%

1,99%

97 851

0,1%

 

1 562 431

 

Russian

5

145 934 462

258 034 160

116 353 942

207 258 366

79,70%

80,32%

2,50%

3,51%

-112 099 698

-76,8%

-

90 904 424

 

German

10

98 654 451

134 993 040

92 525 427

120 372 169

93,80%

89,17%

2,00%

2,04%

-36 338 589

-36,8%

-

27 846 742

 

TOP 10 LANGUAGES

 

5 273 725 132

5 071 360 446

3 525 027 347

3 533 685 192

66,80%

69,68%

76,90%

59,93%

202 364 686

3,8%

-

8 657 845

 

Rest of the Languages

 

2 522 890 578

5 290 356 310

1 060 551 371

2 362 864 597

42,00%

44,66%

23,10%

40,07%

-2 767 465 732

-109,7%

-

1 302 313 226

 

WORLD TOTAL

 

7 796 615 710

10 361 716 756

4 585 578 718

5 896 549 789

58,80%

56,91%

100,00%

100,00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some important differences for demo-linguistic data, especially for Russian, French, German, Malay, Arabic and English.

Method difference for the total of L1+L2 speakers and therefore the rest of the languages

 

 

 

 

 

See the introduction

 

See the results for the top languages by category of indicator

 

Read the basic methodological note

 

Access the full results for all 329 languages by downloading corresponding Excel files

 

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