Language Usage Statistics From Wikipedia

There are a lot of different statistics on world language usage published already. Some of them using pretty much data from the very official sources and some of them are just extrapolations. People like to know that their native language is used by millions other people on the Earth or vice versa – rare language speakers like to feel that their native language is rare.

You can count particular language audience in a thousands different ways. And one of them—take a look at some international internet project statistics. Let’s say, Wikipedia. Fortunately, the free encyclopedia offers the live statistics on the quantity of articles in its database written on every language.

Language Usage Statistics From Wikipedia

Top 10 languages in the world according to Wikipedia are:

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Polish
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Actually, in real life ther are not so much Polish or Japanese speakers in the world, but their activity on Wikipedia allowed their lanuages win that race. Also, Mandarin Chinese—the real most spoken language takes only twelfth place in that rating.

Another interesting thisng is that two artificial languages like Volapuk and Esperanto rest in the top 20.

And the top 10 least used languages in the world are:

  • Herero
  • Tokipona
  • Kanuri
  • Muskogee
  • Hori Motu
  • Kuanyama
  • Ndonga
  • Marshallese
  • Afar
  • Choctaw

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  1. Yes, Esperanto is being used increasingly on the net and in face-to-face interactions. Of course, it cannot compete with, say, Japanese, in the number of speakers. Where Esperanto has an advantage is firstly in the widespread distribution of its speakers all over the globe, and secondly in the structures available to support Esperanto-speaking travellers.

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