In The Next Few Years, Chinese Will Dominate The Internet

In The Next Few Years, Chinese Will Dominate The Internet

English is the most widely used lingo on the internet. But in a few years, that will change.

Currently, English comprises 27 per cent of the internet. Each year, it keeps getting smaller and smaller. In 2005, English was 32 per cent of the net, and in 2000, it was 39 per cent. Chinese, on the other hand, jumped to 24 per cent in 2011 — up from 13 per cent in 2005 and 9 per cent in 2000.

Chinese could overtake English sometime in 2014 as the most prevalent language on the internet. Make sense, seeing as China has a bunch of people, many of whom are just coming online. And they all speak Chinese. Obvious!

24% of Web Content is Now in Chinese, Will Soon Surpass English [Infographic] [TechInAsia]

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  • He really could have made this a great article with just a little bit of research, couldn’t he?

    English will remain the international language though, so whenver you speak to a chinese/korean/jap/german/whatever international over the internet, resort to english 😀

  • “And they all speak Chinese” Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t think anyone spoke Chinese? Don’t they speak Mandarin, Cantonese etc? However, they all write/print Chinese since the written form is uniform between all dialects.

    • Hah, I was about to point that out but you beat me to it.

      In fairness though, the linked article also refers to it incorrectly as “Chinese”.

      • I think the linked article is correct since it doesn’t mention anything about the spoken language. I believe Mr Ashcraft made the mistake by making an off handed comment right at the end of his article by confusing written and spoken language.

        • No he was correct in saying that.

          For example, I am speaking English right now. I’m not literally speaking but the term means I am talking (through writing) in English.

    • Chinese is the language family as a whole; Mandarin, Cantonese etc are all dialects or variations of the same family. And depending on the region, they either write Simplified or Traditional characters. Mainland China (officially) speaks in Mandarin and writes in Simplified; Taiwan speaks Mandarin but writes in Traditional; Hong Kong speaks in Cantonese and writes in Traditional; and different areas of the mainland also have their own regional dialects.

      The topic is quite complicated, especially for English speakers who only have to deal with accents and the occasional different slang (“root”, “thong” etc), so there’s nothing wrong with simplifying it down to “Chinese” for the purposes of this sort of article imo.

  • And we still will not encounter it any more than what we already do. I have not noticed any difference over the years even with the supposed massive % increase.

  • Well I got worried for all of a second what with China’s crazy government, then I reemmbered, along with the percentages increasing, the number of users and sites will be increasing, which makes it ok.

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