Monday, May 21, 2007

Arabic: Tenth Most Common Internet Language

In 2006, Arabic surpassed Russian as the 10th most common language among internet users. The remaining nine in descending order are: English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Portugese, Korean, and Italian. There are 29 million Arabic internet users (total Arab population of about 250 million) compared to 327 million English. The fraction of users compared to the total population is low, to be sure, but there were less than 3 million Arabic internet users in 2000!

A good sign? I hope so.

(Source: Tom O'Neill, National Geographic Magazine)

7 comments:

Philip I said...

Definitely a good sign abu kareem, even if we all end up swearing at each other..!

The Syrian Brit said...

Well.. I don't know.. I guess it is a good sign..
Except, my fear is that a substantial percentage are simply logging on to pron sites..
(I know this might be too pessimistic.. but the way things are going, if I see light at the end of the tunnel, I would be convinced it is an oncoming train!... and from my experiences, it usually is!..)

Anonymous said...

Can you provide the link to the Tom O'Neill article which is your source?

Abu Kareem said...

Anonymous,

It was in a National Geo issue from last year that I cannot find anymore. However, here is a more recent 2008 top ten languages on the internet that shows Arabic as #7: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm

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I have some ideas, I do not know if the English is the most common language in the world , it is the most important but the most common?, I think that many other languages are common such as Chinese,Arabic or Spanish.

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I would like to speak some of this languages, for instance Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, German, and French,!!! I have taken some courses!

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